Nick Solak was drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 2016 First-Year-Player Draft with the 62nd overall draft pick. The Woodridge, IL native spent his college career at Louisville where he was their everyday second baseman.
While in high school, Solak set a Naperville North school record with 18 career triples and hit .442 with 27 RBI, 12 doubles and 16 doubles as a high school junior.
After making his collegiate debut as a pinch-hitter on February 16, Solak went on to hit .351/.455/.464 with two home runs, 25 RBIs, 29 runs scored and nine stolen bases over 47 games as a freshman. He went on to appear in 159 collegiate games for the Louisville Cardinals and hit .346/.442/.484 with ten home runs, 94 RBIs, and 35 stolen bases.
His best season was 2016 when in 165 at bats over 47 games he hit .375/.470/.564 with five home runs, one triple, and 14 doubles and also stole nine bases. On February 20, 2016, he set a school record with five walks in a game.
Solak played college summer ball in 2014 and 2015. In 2014 he appeared in 24 games for the Vermont Mountaineers of the New England Collegiate League where he hit .275/.322/.337 with a double, two triples and six RBIs. He was teammates that summer with fellow Yankees prospect Trey Amburgey.
During the summer of 2015, he played 37 games for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League. Over 140 at-bats, he hit .329/.438/.393 with seven doubles, a triple, and 23 RBIs. He was selected to the Cape Cod West All-Star Team on July 18.
After signing with the Yankees, Nick Solak was assigned to the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League. He played 64 games for the Short Season-A affiliate hitting .312/.412/.421 in 240 at bats with 13 doubles, one triple, and three home runs. Solak drove in 25 runs, walked 30 times and stole eight bases.
His strong performance earned him a selection to the NY-Penn League South team for the annual All-Star game in August. After the season, he was named a Baseball America Short-Season All-Star. The highlight of his season came in August when he had a 14-game hitting streak.
Nick Solak is the classic bat over glove prospect. He moved to second base from outfield in college; he has transitioned to become an average fielder in the infield. He does not have the range or arm to play on the left side of the infield; he could find himself spending some time in the outfield as a pro.
He was a consistent performer in college and has shown he can continue that consistency in his first taste of professional baseball.
Hitting is easily Solak’s best tool, he possesses simple hitting mechanics that helps him hit for a high batting average. He puts the barrel on the ball consistently, hitting line drives that mostly go up the middle of the field.
Solak impressed with his professional debut hitting .312 and becoming a mid-season and post-season All-Star. He played a good second base and will most likely skip the South Atlantic League and start the 2017 season with the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League.