Nick Solak

Nick Solak

28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Cincinnati Reds
Out
Injury Foot
Est. Return 2/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Solak broke camp as a reserve but spent most of the year bouncing between Triple-A Round Rock and Arlington. Seemingly, he was called up for good when rosters expanded, but his season was cut short in mid-September with a fractured foot. Solak has yet to recapture the promise displayed in his rookie season. He has 85th percentile sprint speed but does not get on base enough to take advantage. The Reds acquired Solak, reportedly to vie for a utility role, but there are openings in Cincinnati's infield and outfield. It requires squinting through very strong prescription glasses, but there is some reason to hold out hope. Solak's strikeout rate is a tick better than the league average and he's exhibited a bit of pop in the minors. The Great American Ballpark is a great hitting venue, but Solak still needs to put the ball with more authority. There is NL-only temptation, but it's best to resist it. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $950,000 contract with the Yankees in June of 2016. Traded to the Rays in February of 2018. Traded to the Rangers in July of 2019. Traded to the Reds in November of 2022.
Traded to Cincinnati
2BCincinnati Reds
Foot
November 10, 2022
Solak (foot) was acquired by the Reds from the Rangers on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations.
ANALYSIS
Solak appeared in only 35 games for the Rangers in 2022 before he suffered a fractured right foot in September. He has a .246/.317/.354 slash line in 749 plate appearances across the past three seasons and should compete for a utility role with Cincinnati during spring training.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+83%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .736 281 38 6 35 5 .276 .352 .384
Since 2020vs Right .630 544 59 10 39 11 .225 .294 .336
2022vs Left .807 51 11 3 4 2 .250 .353 .455
2022vs Right .440 44 3 0 0 1 .158 .256 .184
2021vs Left .729 158 17 3 21 0 .266 .354 .374
2021vs Right .654 353 40 8 28 7 .232 .296 .357
2020vs Left .705 72 10 0 10 3 .313 .347 .358
2020vs Right .628 147 16 2 11 3 .229 .299 .328
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .695 412 44 7 42 10 .266 .339 .356
Since 2020Away .647 424 53 9 34 7 .226 .296 .352
2022Home .616 57 8 1 1 3 .220 .316 .300
2022Away .672 38 6 2 3 0 .188 .297 .375
2021Home .720 244 26 6 25 3 .266 .339 .381
2021Away .638 267 31 5 24 4 .221 .292 .346
2020Home .681 111 10 0 16 4 .289 .351 .330
2020Away .660 119 16 2 7 3 .248 .303 .358
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Stat Review
How does Nick Solak compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.37
 
BB Rate
7.4%
 
K Rate
20.0%
 
BABIP
.233
 
ISO
.122
 
AVG
.207
 
OBP
.309
 
SLG
.329
 
OPS
.638
 
wOBA
.293
 
Exit Velocity
86.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.1%
 
Barrels/PA
5.3%
 
Expected BA
.242
 
Expected SLG
.409
 
Sprint Speed
26.3 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
58.1%
 
Line Drive %
11.3%
 
Fly Ball %
30.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Solak began the season as the Rangers' regular second baseman. Through May 15, he was slashing .271/.354/.458, albeit with an uncharacteristically high 24.6 K%. Solak then posted a .184/.241/.263 line over his next 51 games, prompting a demotion to Triple-A Round Rock. After recording a .252/.409/.459 slash in 26 games with the Express, Solak returned to the bigs where he finished the season .290/.367/.387 with a 14.4 K% in 35 games. By season's end, his plate skills recovered but his BABIP was well below the marks posted in his first two seasons. However, the underlying metrics point towards being lucky to begin his career with 2021 his true skill level. Especially with Texas fortifying its middle infield through free agency, Solak's future appears to be as a utility player, capable of popping a homer or stealing a bag now and again, but his bat won't play every day as a corner infielder or outfielder.
Solak had some buzz last offseason as a positionless player with a promising bat. He was an above-average hitter at every stop of his career, including his 33-game MLB debut in 2019. Those who bought into the hype wound up disappointed, as he hit just two homers while slashing .268/.326/.344. He did at least salvage a small amount of fantasy value with a respectable seven steals, but he gave very little reason to be excited about him going forward. Small-sample caveats apply here, but Solak's .264 xBA indicates his struggles weren't due to bad luck. There's still some sleeper value here if Solak reverts to previous form, but he'll have to bounce back quite a bit to be worthy of regular at-bats given his poor defense. He might not clear the offensive bar necessary to be a DH, though the rebuilding Rangers could let him work through his defensive struggles in game action again this year.
With perhaps the best organizational depth in baseball, the Rays decided to trade some blocked position players for impact relievers, which led to Solak getting dealt to Texas in July for hard-throwing righty Peter Fairbanks. He lacks a standout tool, but is a solid hitter with above-average power, above-average speed and good plate skills. Solak went on a tear after the trade (145 wRC+ in the Pacific Coast League) and earned an August promotion. He was not fazed by MLB pitching, logging a 126 wRC+, 11.1 BB% and 21.5 K%. While not a great defender, he is capable of moving around -- he saw time at second and third and is capable of playing left, but will enter the year as UTIL-only in most formats since he got more starts at DH (17) than any other position. He should add at least third base eligibility in season and should be given a chance to play every day out of the gate.
Oddly enough, last offseason's three-team trade that sent Solak from the Yankees to the Rays actually resulted in him being more blocked. The Rays just have so many players at the big-league level and the upper levels of their farm system that are capable of playing the positions Solak plays (second base, left field, center field). That's not to say he does not have the talent to win a regular spot somewhere on the field in a year. He was the best hitter in the Southern League (140 wRC+) while ranking fourth in HR (19), fifth in SB (21) and eighth in BB/K (0.61). His fast bat generates above-average power, mostly to the pull side, and last year he got better at putting his plus speed to work on the bases (career-high 27 SB attempts). Solak has the upside to replicate Ian Kinsler's peak production, but if he falls just a little bit short of that, he may end up being treated like a super-utility player on a loaded Rays roster. He should debut in early 2020.
As a second baseman with a plus hit tool, Solak should offer a relatively high floor. He made a significant jump from short-season ball in 2016 to High-A last season and was still one of the Florida State League's best hitters. Solak ranked third in batting average (.301), second in OBP (.397) and third in SLG (.460), which oversells his power potential. He was so much better equipped than the typical pitcher at High-A, that he was able to play over his head. Double-A pitchers were much more willing to challenge him, and his walk rate dipped from 13.1 percent to 7.6 percent. His ISO also dropped from .159 to a more representative .143. There are plenty of teams that could use a second baseman who hits .285 or .290 with 15 home runs, a handful of steals and a solid OBP, but that probably won't be enough for him to crack the Yankees' lineup anytime soon. A trade would be welcomed, but for now he will continue to challenge for batting titles in the upper levels of the minors.
A polished college bat out of Louisville, the 21-year-old Solak did plenty of damage for Staten Island in the short-season New York-Penn League during his brief time in the minors following the draft. The second baseman hit .321 with a .412 on-base percentage. Solak tallied almost as many walks (30) as strikeouts (39). He also swiped eight bases in 64 games. Solak does not project to hit for much power, possessing more of a line drive stroke. Solak also may end up playing center field, though no determination has been made on where he will ultimately end up on the diamond. A second-round selection in last year's draft, the Yankees will likely be bullish with Solak, as he should begin the season at Low-A with a chance to advance rapidly should he get off to a hot start.
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Shifts to 60-day IL
2BTexas Rangers
Foot
September 21, 2022
Solak (foot) was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.
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Done for season
2BTexas Rangers
Foot
September 18, 2022
Solak is done for the season due to a right foot fracture, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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In walking boot
2BTexas Rangers
Foot
September 17, 2022
Solak remains in a walking boot after getting hit in the foot by a pitch Wednesday against Oakland, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Makes first start since callup
2BTexas Rangers
September 8, 2022
Solak started at designated hitter and went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Houston.
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Added to active roster
2BTexas Rangers
September 1, 2022
Solak was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.
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