Boston Red Sox prospects Nick Yorke and Stephen Scott are AFL “Fall Stars”
The Arizona Fall League is a great chance for prospects to get some extra reps after the minor league season is over.
For some players, it’s the perfect way to correct things after a rocky year, and that’s exactly what Boston Red Sox prospects Nick Yorke and Stephen Scott seem to have done.
Yorke, a second baseman, spent 2022 dealing with injuries (mainly a wrist problem). This hurt his production tremendously. While his defense was still elite (just one error), he couldn’t find his rhythm at the plate; the right-handed hitter slashed .231/303/.365 with 22 extra-base hits in 80 games.
Scott, a catcher (and utility man) had a much different year. He spent time in both High-A and Double-A. While he struggled pretty mightily in High-A (.188/.305/.336), he actually improved after being promoted to Double-A (.238/.371/.403). Still, the left-handed hitter needed to show more if the Red Sox were going to keep pushing him.
Both prospects looked to the AFL to help push their stock forward, and it’s safe to assume both succeeded. Over the weekend, Yorke and Scott were named to the AFL American League “Fall Stars” team.
Yorke currently holds a .342/.424/.526 slash line with eight doubles and two home runs in 19 AFL games. He’s driven in 18 runs, scored 18 more, and stolen one base. Meanwhile, Scott is slashing .393/.648 with one double, one triple, and five home runs in 14 games. He’s driven in 16 runs, scored 15 more, and stolen one base.
Scott has also been named as a participant in the AFL Fall Stars Home Run Derby.
For Yorke, the AFL was the perfect way to showcase that his poor 2022 was down to injuries. He was a top draft pick just a few seasons ago and enjoyed a monster breakout campaign in 2021. It looks like the AFL has gotten him back on track, so hopefully, the hit machine will be back in 2023.
Scott has never really been seen as a “top prospect” the way Yorke has, so getting a chance to demonstrate his impressive bat while improving defensively behind the plate is only going to raise his stock.
The Red Sox have to be happy with what they’ve seen from these two Fall Stars in the AFL.