Baby Bomber Breakdown: Nick Solak
With Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, and company garnering a multitude of attention as the Yankees’ top infield prospects, second baseman Nick Solak has flown under the radar. A Louisville product, Solak has always possessed the skillset to be a solid prospect, after he was drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft. However, his 2017 season turned a lot of heads in the Yankees’ organization and across the sport. Here is a Baby Bomber Breakdown featuring Solak.
Solak broke out in the summer of 2016 by hitting .321 with a .412 OBP for the Yankees’ Low-A team. His ability to barrel up the ball and produce a solid walk-rate in only his first professional season made scouts optimistic for the future. His defense needed improvement, but his work at the plate was phenomenal.
He began 2017 on the outside looking in among the Yankees' top farm names, but changed that with his results from the season. Starting out the season in Tampa, Solak hit .301 with 31 XBHs and a .397 OBP. After 100 games for the Yankees High-A team, he earned a promotion to the Double-A Trenton Thunder. His excellent play did not stop with the increased competition as he had 12 XBHs in only 30 games and hit .286. His walk-rate fell, but the sample size was too small to conclude that it is a trend for the rest of his career.
Overall, he finished with a .297/.384/.452 slash line with 26 doubles, five triples, and 12 home runs. He also displayed speed on the bases as he swiped 14 bags in 19 attempts. Solak’s breakout season earned him a promotion on the Yankees’ top prospects list to the ninth spot.
The 5’11”, 175-pound 23-year-old will likely begin the 2018 season in Trenton, however, it would not shock anyone to see him in Scranton by the season’s end. Solak has the tools to be an everyday second baseman in the near future. His glove is improving as his career moves along, and he has the hitting and base running ability to be a leadoff or number two hitter in the majors.
If one of the Yankees star infield prospects does not pan out, Solak could sneak in to the mix by 2019. For now, he will develop his power and glove in the minors, and he should put on quite a show.
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