Solak was traded from the Rays to the Rangers on Saturday in exchange for Peter Fairbanks.
Solak has spent the season with Triple-A Durham, hitting .266/.353/.485 with 17 homers and in 85 games. The 24-year-old is a well-rounded prospect who grades out as at least average in all five tools, but his drop in steals from 21 last year to just three so far this season certainly puts at least a small dent in his fantasy value. Getting out of Tampa Bay's organization, which is full of second basemen, could help him make a big-league impact sooner than expected. He'll head to Triple-A Nashville for now.
Solak, obtained from the Yankees as part of a three-team deal in February, is slashing .305/.414/.477 with 18 extra-base hits (nine doubles, two triples, seven home runs) and 33 RBI across 239 plate appearances with Double-A Montgomery.
The 2016 second-round selection is playing up to his draft pedigree, and he's added nine stolen bases to his impressive body of work. The 23-year-old has displayed more patience at the plate this season than in any of his three previous stops, as evidenced by a career-high 13.8 percent walk rate. Solak has risen through the minor-league ranks at a brisk pace thus far, and it's possible he logs time at Triple-A Durham before the 2018 campaign concludes.
Solak was reassigned to minor-league camp Saturday, J. Scott Butherus of MLB.com reports.
The 23-year-old infielder went hitless in 18 spring at-bats, so his first exposure to major-league arms was far from smooth. Solak is likely to start the season at Double-A Montgomery after slashing .286/.344/.429 with nine doubles, a triple, two home runs and nine RBI in 132 plate appearances with Double-A Trenton in the Yankees organization in 2017.
Solak was traded to the Rays on Tuesday as part of a three-team deal, Robert Murray of FanRagSports.com reports.
This makes sense, as the 22-year-old's path to the majors in New York was blocked by the highly-touted Gleyber Torres. Solak, who offers a plus hit tool with a relatively high floor, is coming off a respectable 2017 campaign spent with High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, where he hit a combined .297/.384/.452 with 12 homers and 14 stolen bases in 130 games. According to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic, the Yankees will receive Brandon Drury in return, while the Diamondbacks acquired Steven Souza.
Solak has been invited to the Yankees' spring training camp as a non-roster invitee.
Solak is unlikely to compete for a major-league job, as he's played just 30 games above High-A. The 2016 second-round pick hit .286/.344/.429 in those 30 games for Double-A Trenton last year. Another strong season could leave him in line for a major-league call-up at some point in 2019, though he's likely to be blocked by the highly rated Gleyber Torres at second base.
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