Nicholas Blake Solak (born January 11, 1995) is a Texas Rangers second baseman and outfielder in Major League Baseball. He stands at 5 feet 11 inches tall.
Mark, his father, worked at Motorola for 30 years, and Roseann (née Pawlak), his mother, is a community health and substance misuse prevention specialist. His sister’s name is Alexis.
Solak was traded to the Texas Rangers on July 13, 2019, in exchange for Pete Fairbanks. He was sent to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League’s Nashville Sounds. The Rangers picked Solak’s contract and promoted him to the major leagues on August 20.
That day, he made his major league debut against the Los Angeles Angels, scoring his first career hit off Andrew Heaney and his first career home run against Jaime Barra.
Solak concluded the 2019 season with Texas, hitting.293/.393/.491 with 5 home runs and 17 RBI in 33 games. At 28.7 feet per second, he possessed the highest sprint speed of any big league designated hitter.
Solak played a multitude of positions in 2020, including designated hitter. On August 9, his first home run of the season was overturned after a referee altered it to an error by Jo Adell. Solak appeared in 58 games, tying for the club record with Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and batted.268/.326/.344.
Solak was optioned to the Triple-A Round Rock Express on July 23, 2021, after posting a.225/.295/.353 slash line in 92 games to start the season.
On August 20, he was recalled by the Rangers and completed the season hitting.242/.314/.362/.677 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI.