Athletic, sturdy frame. Filled out for a high school pick. Thick
lower half. Some remaining projection, mainly in his upper body
and needs to add strength still.
Strong feel for hit. Starts square and utilizes a very slight
leg lift as a timing device. Has bat speed and a very fluid
swing. Compact swing with advanced contact skills. Two-handed
finish. Advanced approach for his age. Willing to use all
fields. Potential plus hit tool.
Power: Still developing power.
Showed more power during his brief senior season before it was
shut down. Power is primarily to the middle and pull side right
Run: Average speed. Solid
shortstop in high school and may start his pro career there, but likely to move to second base. Strong instincts and footwork. Comfortable charging the
ball and throwing on the run.
Above-average arm strength.
Career Notes: Had
shoulder surgery before his junior year and was relegated to DH
duty for the whole season while his shoulder healed. Mother was a four-time All-American
softball player at Fresno State. Brother plays baseball at Cal
Poly-SLO after transferring from Boise State when that school
cut its baseball program. Attended the same high school
as Red Sox 2006 third-round pick Aaron Bates, current MLB
outfielder Mitch Haniger, and current Red Sox reliever Trevor
Hildenberger. Was added to the Club Player Pool very late in the
2020 season, getting roughly 10 days at the Alternate Training
Site, where he impressed with his ability to put in quality
at-bats against much older competition--he noted that the first
pitch he saw, a 98-mph fastball from Bryan Mata, was likely 10
mph faster than any pitch he had ever faced. Participated in the
2020 Fall Instructional League.
Projects to be an offense-first second baseman. Hit tool is more
advanced, but is developing power. Reportedly has great makeup.
Organization believes he likely would have been more highly
regarded as a prep prospect had his senior year not been
Note: This page will be updated with a
complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the
player in person.
Red Sox select Nick Yorke with 17th overall pick (6.10.20)
Video from Pawtucket (9.22.2020)
Scout Chatter (11.24.2020)