Early this morning the MLB Pipeline continued its second week of releasing the positional Top 10 prospects lists. With the release of today's list, another Yankee, Nick Solak, was rated as the fifth best second base prospect in the game- behind the Phillies Scott Kingery, the Padres Luis Urias, and the Brewers Keston Hiura and Isan Diaz.
The 23-year old Nick Solak, who was drafted as the Yankees second-round and 62nd player overall in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft, is currently listed at 5' 11" and 175 pounds. The dual righty at the plate and in the field worked his way up to the Double-A Trenton Thunder last season and looks to start there again this year.
An estimated MLB Debut in 2019 was given by the Pipeline, as well as solid ratings across the board (all out of 80) with 55 Hitting, 40 Power, 55 Run, 40 Arm, and 50 Field cumulate to his 50 Overall rating. He has been likened to former Yankee Rob Refsnyder in the fact that he is a bat-first second base prospect and similar ranking within the Yankees Farm system, but Solak's future (as well as the current farm in comparison to 2014) seems much brighter on both sides of the ball.
His Pipeline report reads as the following:
"Solak's bat and speed made him a second-round pick in the 2016 Draft out of Louisville and enabled him to have immediate success as a pro. He ranked third in the short-season New York-Penn League in hitting (.321) and on-base percentage (.412) in his debut, then placed second (.301) and first (.397) in those categories in the high Class A Florida State League last year after skipping a level. He finished 2017 with a strong month in Double-A.
Solak has excelled at hitting for average and gotten on base at every level at which he has played. He makes repeated line-drive contact with a quick right-handed swing and a gap-to-gap approach. While he's not a huge home run threat, he can drive the ball to the gaps, and his 12 homers in 2017 were two more than he totaled in three years of college.
He's similar to former Yankee Robert Refsnyder, though Solak has a better chance to make it as an everyday second baseman because of his superior speed and defense. His solid speed enhances his on-base ability and he has the instincts to provide double-digit steals on an annual basis. He has a below-average arm and isn't the most fluid second baseman, but he has worked hard to improve his defensive footwork."
Nick Solak will most likely spend most of the season with the Trenton Thunder as he works on his defensive side of the game before earning another step closer to the show. I'd expect him to make it up to Scranton at the end of this upcoming season, ending with either the Thunder or Railriders depending on the minor league playoffs.
Here is a video from the Yankees before Solak started the season last year at High-A Tampa:
The rest of this week will reveal the Top 10 prospects at Third Base (Jan. 23rd), Shortstop (Jan. 24th), and Outfield (Jan. 25th). The Top 100 Prospects will be announced on Saturday, January 27th. Keep in mind, as more Yankees make these lists, expect to see posts highlighting on each of them.