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Yankees lose six players to the Rule-5 draft, acquire one

The Yankees’ minor league systems is deep even beyond the flashy prospects, and as a result, they had six players they chose not to protect on the 40-man roster selected by other clubs in the Rule-5 draft. Only one of the six Yankees, RHP Nick Green, was selected in the Major League phase, while five players were selected in the Triple-A phase. The Yankees chose one player of their own in the Triple-A phase in RHP Adonis De la Cruz. A friendly reminder for those who are not familiar with the Rule-5 draft, the teams who select these players must keep them on their active roster of either the Major League or Triple-A team, depending on the phase of selection, or be offered back to their former club. Here is a breakdown of Cruz and who the Yankees lost:

BBB 2017 Top Prospect Countdown #29: Nick Solak

The Yankees 2016 draft was all about first-round pick Blake Rutherford and to be honest, the hype behind him is completely warranted. That being said, the team selected a very nice player in the second-round out of a Louisville by the name of Nick Solak. Solak checks in as our 29th ranked prospect and would likely be higher if the Yankees' system wasn’t one of the deeper ones in all of the game.
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After being drafted and signed just last season, Solak spent the entire campaign playing for the Staten Island Yankees. His year went exceptionally well offensively as we saw a sneak peak on what he’s made of. In 64 games with Staten Island, Solak compiled an impressive slash line of .321/.412/.421/.833. He isn’t known for his power and is more of a line drive singles hitter as he hit just three homers and only 17 of his 77 hits were for extra bases. He also swiped 10 bags and wasn’t caught once, so he picks his spot to use his speed quite well.

Solak’s scouting grades are not eye popping. He received a lot of comparisons to another guy who has spent ample time on every Yankees prospect list, Rob Refsynder. Solak, like I previously mentioned, is not going to wow you with his power like Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez and isn’t going to swipe as many bags as Jorge Mateo will. But, given the opportunity, the guy can hit. According to MLB.com, Solak was their 147th ranked player headed into the draft. Here is his scouting scale:

Hit: 55
Power: 30
Run: 55
Arm: 40
Field: 50
Overall: 45

Although Solak is already 22-years old, he isn’t very close to being ML ready. We’re still unsure if he’ll be able to hold up at second base with his subpar glove and even worse arm (though you don't need a great arm to play second base). He does, however, have a little experience playing outfield, so that could be something he develops in the minors. Solak is likely going to start his campaign with the Tampa Yankees and could very well end up in the same spot he began.

Article by: James Grande
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