Solak came to the Rays in a three-team trade before the 2018 season. He had a big Double-A debut in his first year in Tampa’s system, slashing .282/.384/.450 with a career-best 21 steals. The 24-year-old is close to big league ready, able to contribute soon with his contact ability and defensive versatility.
Solak moves between 2B and LF, even able to line up in CF in a pinch. He’s polished at the plate, showing plus barrel-feel and a very disciplined approach that helps reach base via the walk. He’s more likely a doubles hitter with occasional home run pop than a true masher; despite 19 home runs and a .167 ISO, Solak’s level swing-path and grounder-heavy contact profile hint last year’s power spike was somewhat of a blip. The Rays have a good track record maximizing value with this type of player, aiding Solak’s best-case ceiling as an everyday player. All the skills are here for an excellent utility man if he falls just short of that.