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McAdam: With first-round pick, Red Sox go off the board for high school second baseman

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(Archbishop Mitty High School Athletic)

For both Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and scouting director Paul Toboni, Wednesday night represented their first draft in their respective positions.

You can't say they approached it conventionally.

Selecting 17th overall, the Red Sox shocked the industry by choosing Nick Yorke, a second baseman from Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, Calif. Most mock drafts had Yorke has a second- or third-round selection. He's committed to the University of Arizona.

MLB.com had him rated as the 139th best prospect in the draft and called Yorke's selection at No. 17 the biggest first-round draft surprise in the last 10 years. Draft expert Keith Law of The Athletic did not have Yorke on his list of 100 top prospects. Baseball America had Yorke as the 96th best prospect.

"We love this kid's bat. We think he's has a chance to be a special bat,'' Bloom in a conference call with reporters. "We feel if the spring had gotten to play out, like it would in a normal year, that the public perception would have been a lot different.''

The likely explanation is,