The very first player Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom drafted was high school infielder Nick Yorke. The 19-year-old prospect has been turning some heads this summer playing for the Single-A Salem.
In 65 games for Salem, Yorke is hitting .312 with six home runs and 34 RBIs. He is slashing .405/.456/.861 in his first professional season.
Yorke struggled to open up the season, but his struggles only lasted for a few weeks. The 2020 first-round draft pick had an impressive month of June with a slash line of .354/.456/.523 over 79 plate appearances. During his impressive month of June, Yorke had six stolen bases and 10 runs scored.
Yorke’s hot bat has continued into the summer and over the last five games, the righty slashed .500/.625/.1.056, adding three home runs in the process. The young prospect is putting the ball in play, getting on base and showing some power with his bat.
As Yorke continues to swing an impressive bat, he will gain more attention and he could see himself elevated to High-A before the season concludes.
Yorke’s Offseason Focus
Yorke focused on conditioning during the offseason to prepare himself for his first full year in the minors. He would lose 25 pounds as he worked out and changed his focus as a professional baseball player.
“In Pawtucket and in [Instructional League], I wasn’t in the greatest shape,” Yorke acknowledged. “Going into my first offseason, we made a goal to lose 10 to 15 pounds before I came back. Just focusing on that, I came back and lost 25 … just focusing on the nutrition piece and worrying about getting yourself right for the season and not worrying about anything. You definitely put a lot more time into yourself and into your body.”
Bloom Loves Yorke’s Bat
Nick Yorke left the yard twice for the first time in his career.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 8, 2021
The 17th overall pick in last year’s draft was a surprise pick for the Red Sox but Yorke has been backing up Bloom’s scouting with his play.
“We love this kid’s bat,” said Bloom to MLB.com in an interview back in July. “We think he has a chance to be a special bat who is going to play the infield. [We] feel that if the spring had gotten to play out the way it would have in a normal year the public perception of him would have been a lot different.”
Yorke’s bat has been special this season and Red Sox fans are getting a glimpse at the prospect who could pay off big dividends in the future. The top-10 Sox prospect has been swinging a hot bat all season for Salem. His ability to make consistent contact is impressive and the hits are continuing to pile up. Yorke has 78 hits this season and should easily end with over 100 hits for Salem this season.
For Nick Yorke, he has been one of the best hitters in Low-A ball this season. He is riding an 18 game hitting streak and is posting gaudy numbers. Dating back to July 15, when his hit streak began, Yorke’s slash line has been an impressive .366/.459/.592.
Yorke will not turn 20 until next April and he is already regarded as a top prospect in the Red Sox system. With all the heat Bloom has been taking with his lackluster trade deadline performance, there are success stories within the system. The future is incredibly bright in Boston and Yorke will be a huge part of it.
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