Was Red Sox pick best hitter in high school baseball? One prominent college coach thinks so.


One thing that we know to be absolutely true is that the decision to take high school middle infielder Nick Yorke in the first round of the MLB Draft Wednesday was the most polarizing pick of the night.

The reaction from analysts on both MLB Network and ESPN struck the tone of befuddlement that the Red Sox would use the No. 17 overall pick for a player ranked far lower by most who follow the Draft. Conversely, the Red Sox were adamant in their assessment this Yorke represented the kind of talent that should be prioritized at that spot in the process. (For more on the Red Sox' pursuit of Yorke, click here.)

One notable voice supports the Red Sox' line of thinking.

Tim Corbin, the coach for perhaps the most well-respected college program in the country, Vanderbilt, told MLB Network Yorke is a player who should be viewed among the elite.

"It wasn't a surprise to me," he said. "We really recruited that kid. I thought he was the best hitter in high school baseball."

Yorke, who appears to have agreed to terms with the Red Sox regarding a signing bonus, had been committed to play at the University of Arizona after starring at Archbishop Mitty (CA) High in San Jose.