Nick Yorke

21-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Boston Red Sox AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Yorke's 2021 season was a statistical tour de force, especially when factoring his age relative to the levels he was playing at. However, his 2022 season was a massive departure, and while some of that can be attributed to injuries (turf toe, back stiffness, wrist soreness), this offseason is an opportunity for the skeptics and non-believers to move off the bat-first infielder. Yorke is a tinkerer at the plate, but he never really had a stretch in 2022 that compared to his 2021 exploits. The 20-year-old slashed .231/.303/.365 with 11 home runs and a 25.2 K% in 80 games at High-A. He was better in essentially every offensive metric during his 21-game run at that level in 2021, and the contrast of his quality of contact metrics was particularly stark (45.2% flyball rate in 2021, 35.4% flyball rate in 2022). Yorke needs to hit, as he is a below-average defender most places - he could be passable at second base. He has youth on his side, and just a year ago evaluators were talking about Yorke as one of the best pure hitters in the minors, so there is an opportunity for him to have a healthy bounce-back season in 2023. However, even his staunchest supporters will probably jump ship this summer if he picks up where he left off in 2022. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $2.7 million contract with the Red Sox in July of 2020.
More walks than Ks at Double-A
2BBoston Red Sox  AA
April 19, 2023
Yorke is slashing .241/.450/.483 with two home runs, 10 walks and eight strikeouts in 40 plate appearances for Double-A Portland.
Yorke, who just turned 21, got a vote of confidence with the assignment to Double-A after having an injury-affected 2022 season where he was a below league-average hitter (84 wRC+) at High-A. He had an incredibly strong debut season in 2021, so if Yorke continues to have success against Double-A pitching, last year's rough season will look more and more like the outlier. The bat-first infielder has played second base and designated hitter in the early going.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
The Red Sox shocked draft prognosticators by taking Yorke with the 17th overall pick in the 2020 draft, but that already looks like a steal. A bat-first second baseman who won't turn 20 until April, Yorke dominated as one of the youngest players at Low-A, hitting .323/.413/.500 with 10 home runs, a 13.6 K% and a 146 wRC+ in 76 games. He received a promotion to High-A before any of his peers and proceeded to hit .333/.406/.571 with four home runs and a 158 wRC+ in 21 games as the youngest hitter at the level. He tallied 13 steals in 97 games but was caught nine times and is only a fringe-average runner. This is a four-category profile, but it could be one of the better four-category profiles in the majors if he reaches his ceiling -- think prime Anthony Rendon. His defense is shaky, even at second base, but he will hit enough to play left field if necessary.
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Endures tough 2022 season
2BBoston Red Sox  AA
September 21, 2022
Yorke hit just .231/.303/.365 with 11 homers and eight steals in 80 games for High-A Greenville this season.
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Active at High-A
2BBoston Red Sox  AA
August 1, 2022
Yorke (wrist) has gone 6-for-31 (.194 average) with a home run, five RBI and two additional runs in seven games since returning to High-A Greenville's lineup July 22.
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Missing in action with wrist injury
2BBoston Red Sox  AA
July 22, 2022
Yorke has not played for High-A Greenville since July 3 due to a wrist injury, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports.
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Coming off minor-league IL
2BBoston Red Sox  AA
June 7, 2022
High-A Greenville plans to activate Yorke (toe) from its 7-day injured list Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Out with turf toe
2BBoston Red Sox  AA
June 4, 2022
Yorke was placed on the 7-day injured list Thursday at High-A Greenville with turf toe, Chris Hatfield of reports.
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