Nick Solak Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 11" / 190 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 1/11/1995 (28)
Nick Solak Season Stats
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The Cincinnati Reds acquired infielder/outfielder Nick Solak from the Texas Rangers on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations. Solak suffered a fractured right foot in September and played in just 35 games for the Rangers in 2022. In those 35 contests, he hit just .207/.309/.329 with three home runs, four RBI, 14 runs scored, three stolen bases and 19 strikeouts in 95 plate appearances. The 27-year-old has a .252/.327/.372 slash line with 21 long balls, 93 RBI, 117 runs scored and 19 stolen bases in 253 games in his four major-league seasons. Cincinnati is an intriguing place for him to land given the opportunity for playing time, but it'll likely have to come somewhere other than at the keystone with Jonathan India entrenched there.
Texas Rangers outfielder Nick Solak (foot) will be shut down for the rest of the season with what's being called a "small" fracture in his right foot. Solak was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock when rosters expanded on Sept. 1, but he was hit by a pitch last Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics. He was seen wearing a walking boot on Saturday. In just 35 games for Texas this year, Solak went 17-for-82 (.207) with three home runs, four RBI, 14 runs scored, three stolen bases and 19 strikeouts. The 27-year-old hit .278/.371/.489 with an .860 OPS, 10 home runs, 45 RBI, 38 runs scored and six stolen bases in his 57 games for Round Rock in 2022.
The Texas Rangers optioned outfielder Nick Solak to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. The move was made to clear a roster spot for Mitch Garver (elbow), who is returning from the injured list. Solak had been seeing a good amount of playing time as both an outfielder and designated hitter, but he'd been struggling immensely at the plate. Over 26 games, he slashed .209/.293/.313 with two home runs, three stolen bases, three RBI and 11 runs.
Nick Solak has an opportunity to break out in the 2021 season. He's always been known for his above-average hitting skills, but Solak's defense has been considered a liability. He's played in the outfield, and at first, second and third base in his brief two-year career. However, he's expected to start the 2021 season as the Rangers' starting second baseman, a position that Solak has acknowledged he's the most comfortable playing. That comfort level as well as his overall skillset should help him elevate his game. With anticipated everyday ABs, Solak could finally reach his full potential at the plate as a big-league hitter and bounce back from a subpar 2020 offensive season. He posted a pedestrian .268/.326/.344 slash line last season and his power numbers took an especially big hit. However, while he posted a below-average 4.7 barrel rate, he showed marked improvement in exit velocity, maximum exit velocity, launch angle and hard hit rate. At his core, he's a disciplined, above-average contact hitter (82.1 contact rate in 2020) who possesses a blend of power and speed (91st percentile). With Solak's early preseason 182 ADP, you should be able to grab him in the 16th round of typical 12-team fantasy baseball drafts. His multi-position eligibility (2B/OF) adds to his fantasy value and makes him a player who could potentially outperform his ADP. Look for Solak to provide fantasy managers with an above-average batting average and at least 15 home run and 15 stolen base production this season. As a 26-year-old "late bloomer", his upside and potential for continued development make him a player to target in dynasty leagues as well.