27-year-old Nicholas Blake Solak (born January 11, 1995) is a Major League Baseball (MLB) second baseman and outfielder for the Texas Rangers (MLB). In 2019, he made his MLB debut.
His father, Mark, worked at Motorola for 30 years and his mother, Roseann (née Pawlak), is a community health and drug misuse prevention specialist. Alexis is his sister’s name.
Growing up outside of Chicago, Solak was a fan of the Chicago White Sox, and his favorite baseball players as a kid were Scott Podsednik, Paul Konerko, and Mark Buehrle.
Solak was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on February 18, 2018, as part of a three-team trade in which the Yankees acquired Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Diamondbacks acquired Steven Souza from the Rays and Taylor Widener from the Yankees, and the Rays acquired Anthony Banda, Colin Poche, and Sam McWilliams from the Diamondbacks.
He played for the Montgomery Biscuits in 2018. Solak was awarded Montgomery’s MVP after batting.282 with 19 home runs, 76 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases in 126 games.
Solak began the 2019 season with the Durham Bulls. He concluded his Bulls season with a slash line of.266/.350/.485/.835 in 301 at-bats, 17 home runs, and 47 RBI.