Nick Yorke Greenville Drive Second Base

Age: 20 
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 (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
Twitter: @nickyorke2
Instagram: @nick.yorke

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  Physical Description: Athletic, sturdy frame. Filled out for his age. 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: Starts open with his hands by his chest. Utilizes a very slight leg lift as a timing device. Advanced hit tool. Really strong feel for hit. Has bat speed and a very fluid, compact swing. Two-handed finish. Good barrel control. Advanced approach for his age. Willing to use all fields. Good separation in his swing. Makes good swing decisions and rarely expands the zone. Will use all fields and does not try to do too much. Consistently makes solid contact. Has shown the ability to turn on velocity up in the zone already. Potential plus hit tool.

Power: Average raw power. In-game power is still developing, but should get to average also. Has shown the ability to impact the baseball. Power potential is somewhat limited by swing path, which is more designed for hard line drives.

Run: Average speed. Has gotten faster in pro ball thanks to efforts in remaking his body. Solid baserunning instincts.

Field: Solid range, soft hands. Can be robotic at times and a little stiff. Comfortable charging the ball and throwing on the run. Has a chance to stick at second base but will never be a standout defender. Played shortstop in high school but moved to second base after signing. Potential fringe-average defender.

Arm: Fringe-average arm strength.
  Career Notes: Mother was a four-time All-American softball player at Fresno State. First came onto Red Sox radar because of Fresno State connection between his mother and signing scout Josh Labandeira. Brother plays baseball at Cal Poly-SLO after transferring from Boise State when that school cut its baseball program. Had shoulder surgery before his junior year and was limited to DH duty for the season while his shoulder healed. Selection in the first round surprised many and defied conventional talent rankings, but Red Sox amateur scouting department was convinced both 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 the team’s next pick in the third round (due to forfeiting second-round 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, was likely 10 mph faster than any pitch he had ever faced. Participated in the 2020 Fall Instructional League. Participated in the 2021 Fall Performance Program. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Entered the 2022 season as a consensus top-50 prospect in the game.

Summation: Potential everyday second baseman. Ceiling of an all-star and potential batting champion. Has the most advanced hit tool in the system and one of the most polished in all of minor league baseball. Potential for a plus hit tool and average power. Outstanding makeup and work ethic. Does not project to add much value defensively. Bat would be more valuable at second base, but will play pretty much anywhere if he is unable to stick there. Injury history is somewhat concerning, but has stayed healthy since he joined the organization.

Red Sox select Nick Yorke with 17th overall pick (6.10.20)
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    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 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Salem LAE A Bos 19 76 294 59 95 14 4 10 47 147 41 47 11 8 0.323 0.414 0.500 0.913
  2021 Greenville HAE A+ Bos 19 21 84 17 28 6 1 4 15 48 11 22 2 1 0.333 0.406 0.571 0.978
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2022 Greenville SAL A+ Bos 20     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  2018 WCAL MVP
Low-A East Player of the Week (August 16-22, 2021)
Low-A East Player of the Month (August 2021)
2021 Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year
2021 Low-A East Postseason All-Star
  2021 Pre-Season All-Star Player of the Week (August 2-8, 2021) Player of the Week (August 16-22, 2021) Player of the Month (August 2021)
2021 All-Star
2021 Player of the Year
2021 Rookie of the Year
2022 Pre-Season All-Star

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