Nick Solak Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 11" / 190 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 1/11/1995 (26)
Nick Solak Season Stats
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Nick Solak News
Texas Rangers second baseman Nick Solak got off to a strong start to the year. In April, he slashed .293/.375/.535 and hit seven home runs. Unfortunately, once the calendar turned to May, his power evaporated. Over 28 games in May, Solak slashed .200/.268/.318 with just one home run. He's currently in the midst of a 12-game home run drought. Solak currently ranks in the 46th percentile in hard-hit rate (39.9%) and in the 51st percentile in xSLG (.434). Those aren't great spots to be in from a power perspective. Solak is someone who should be rostered in all deep leagues, but don't expect for him to explode for another seven home run month anytime soon.
Texas Rangers second baseman Nick Solak went 2-for-3 with two walks during the club's 6-5 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday. The 26-year-old infielder hit his first triple of the season and scored two runs. Solak is batting just .232 with four extra-base hits in May but he's better lately and is 4-for-12 (.333) with two extra-base hits over his past three games. Even with a slow start to May, he's still among the top-hitting second basemen in the game with a 132 wRC+ through his first 41 games in 2021. With multiple-position eligibility in most leagues, Solak is a must-have fantasy player.
Texas Rangers second baseman Nick Solak awoke from a mini-slump on Friday with three hits during the club's 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners. The middle infielder had previously been just 3-for-21 (.143) over his past five games. Solak continues to hit too many balls on the ground but he's found his power stroke more consistently this season and hit his fourth double of the season on Friday. He also has seven home runs in 34 games after going deep just twice in 58 games last year. Like many of the Rangers hitters, Solak is a streaky hitter but he's been an excellent fantasy contributor in 2021. His 143 wRC+ leads all second basemen with at least 100 plate appearances.
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.