Yankees Select 2b Nick Solak Second Round, 62nd Overall

With their second round pick, the Yankees selected 2b Nick Solak from the University of Louisville. Baseball America had him ranked as the 86th best prospect going into the draft. From the scouting reports, he sounds a lot like a faster Rob Refsnyder. My read is that he is probably a below-slot target, possibly to help the Yankees find the money to sign Blake Rutherford. 

A short summary from John Manuel:

"If he can play second base (at the pro level), he’s probably the best college second baseman in the country. It’s certainly bat over glove, but there’s speed there. He’s a really good baserunner. He’s a solid to average runner, if not a tick above, and a line-drive bat. There’s a lot to like there. There are players like him who have been in the big leagues – guys like Ryan Raburn. Ryan Roberts is another kind of right-handed hitting, second-base, third-base, left-field, full-time, part-time guy. That’s how I think of Nick Solak’s big league career. I do think he could be a big leaguer because he can really hit."

MLB.com had him down a bit further at #147. Their scouting report:

"Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 30 | Run: 55 | Arm: 40 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

An unheralded recruit, Solak made an instant impact as a freshman, posting the highest batting average (.351) and on-base percentage (.455) on Louisville's 2014 World Series team as a semi-regular. He hit .455 in his first 22 games this year before getting hit on the right hand by a pitch and missing a month. He wasn't as productive following his return but still is regarded as one of the better hitters in the college ranks.

Solak also produced with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer, ranking second in OBP (.438) and fourth in hitting (.329). He has a line-drive stroke and focuses on the middle of the field, an approach that leads to consistent contact but not much power. Once he gets on base, he has the solid speed and good instincts to make things happen.

A DH as a freshman and primarily a corner outfielder as a sophomore, Solak has moved to second base this spring. He has sure hands and his quickness gives him range, though he doesn't have the smoothest infield actions and some scouts wonder if he might wind up in center field in pro ball. He receives praise for his gritty makeup."