Nick Yorke Salem Red Sox Second Base

Age: 19
Born: April 2, 2002
Birthplace: Newport Beach, CA
Height: 6-0
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st round, 2020 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Arizona commit)
High School: Archbishop Mitty HS (CA)
ETA: Mid 2024

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Pronunciation: York
First Pro Contract: July 7, 2020 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Josh Labandeira
Signing Bonus: $2,700,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2024
MLFA Eligible: November 2027
Pro Debut: May 4, 2021 (Salem)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
Twitter: @nickyorke2
Instagram: @nick.yorke

  Scouting Report & Links      
  Physical Description: Athletic, sturdy frame. Filled-out for a high school pick. Thick lower half. Lost 25 pounds between his draft year and first full pro season. Some remaining projection, mainly in his upper body, and needs to add strength still.

Hit: Strong feel for hit. Starts square and utilizes a very slight leg lift as a timing device. Has bat speed and a very fluid, compact swing. Two-handed finish. Advanced contact skills. Good barrel control. Advanced approach for his age. Willing to use all fields. Needs to show the ability to turn on velocity, as he has tended to push the ball the other way early in his career. Potential above-average hit tool, but a long way to go between what he is now and what he could be.

Power: Average raw power. In-game power is still developing. Showed more power during his brief senior season before it was shut down.

Run: Below-average speed. Makes up for his lack of speed with solid baserunning instincts.

Field: Played shortstop in high school but moved to second base after signing. Solid instincts and footwork. Comfortable charging the ball and throwing on the run.

Arm: Above-average arm strength.
  Career Notes: Had shoulder surgery before his junior year and was limited to DH duty for the 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 draft pick Aaron Bates, Mitch Haniger, and Trevor Hildenberger. Selection in first round surprised many and defied conventional talent rankings, but club was convinced that he would have been more widely regarded as a first-round talent with a full senior season and that he would not have been available with their next pick. 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 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.

Summation: Projects to be an offense-first second baseman. Long way to go developmentally. Hit tool is more advanced, but is developing power. Reportedly has great makeup. Injury history is somewhat concerning. Organization believes he likely would have been more highly regarded as a prep prospect had his senior year not been shortened.

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)
Scouting Report Update (3.10.2021)
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2017 Archbishop Mitty HS HS --- 15 31 100 23 23 7 0 0 9 30 19 6 6 6 0.370 0.475 0.440 0.915
  2018 Archbishop Mitty HS HS --- 16 28 79 30 39 18 0 2 22 63 13 11 7 2 0.494 0.590 0.797 1.387
  2019 Archbishop Mitty HS HS --- 17 30 99 38 50 9 3 7 40 86 17 8 11 2 0.505 0.587 0.868 1.456
  2020 Archbishop Mitty HS HS --- 18 5 15 9 8 1 0 2 6 12 4 1 3 0 0.533 0.632 1.000 1.632
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 18 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2021 Salem LAE A Bos 19     stats                            
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  2018 WCAL MVP   2021 Pre-Season All-Star  

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