By Joe Perrino
Town Crier Editorial Intern
For the first time in its nine-year history, Mountain View’s Brushback Baseball Club has produced a Major League Baseball draft pick.
The Boston Red Sox selected infielder Nick Yorke in the first round of the 2020 MLB amateur draft June 11.
“We kind of figured early to mid-rounds,” Brushback head coach Kris Mims said of where he expected Yorke to be selected. “It was a nice surprise to see him drafted 17th overall by the Red Sox.”
A 2020 graduate of Mitty High, Yorke has been touted by MLB and college scouts as “the top pure hitter on the West Coast.” The San Jose native was batting .533 when his senior season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“His swing is one of the smoothest swings I ever saw as a high school player and as a little kid,” said James Hoyt, a 2020 graduate of Mountain View High who played with Yorke on Brushback.
That smooth swing helped Brushback on several occasions during the three years Yorke played for the club (2015-2017).
Mims recalled Yorke’s impact on Brushback’s 13-and-under squad when it traveled to San Diego in the summer of 2015 to compete in the Xtreme Diamond Sports World Series.
Brushback advanced to the Silver Division title game, and Yorke came through in the clutch.
“He hit an opposite-field home run in the championship game to help us win the championship,” said Mims, who is also the head coach at Mountain View High.
Yorke’s success hasn’t come without hard work and perseverance, however.
“When he first joined the program, he was coming off a broken collarbone,” Mims said of the then-12-year-old. “He missed a few months, but he came back ready to work. He was always smiling and enjoying himself.”
More recently, Yorke underwent shoulder surgery to repair damage in his throwing shoulder, keeping him at the designated hitter spot his junior season. Despite the shoulder injury, Mims said Yorke can reach the big leagues by age 22 or 23.
Yorke, who did not respond to the Town Crier’s request for an interview, is a player Mims won’t soon forget.
“Kids like that make it easier for coaches to be able to coach,” he said. “When he had been selected, I received a gaggle of texts from people and coaches who I had coached with, and it was great to see all of his hard work pay off.”
After the draft, Mims celebrated Yorke’s accomplishment by posting congratulatory messages on Brushback’s social media accounts.