Yankees’ Anthony Volpe wants to make it in New York

TAMPA — Anthony Volpe might show to be a really invaluable commerce chip, maybe this July or someday later.

However the lifelong Yankee fan, who grew up in New Jersey and whose favourite participant was Derek Jeter, nonetheless has the identical objective as he did as a child, when he wrote in yearbooks that he wished to be the shortstop for the Yankees.

“It’s been my dream to play for the precise Yankees and never simply be a minor leaguer,’’ Volpe stated Tuesday. “I can’t actually management something that occurs from right here on out, however I’m undoubtedly gonna work as exhausting as I probably can to attempt to make {that a} actuality.”

That doubtless received’t occur till at the very least 2023, however the 20-year-old is definitely so much nearer to getting there than he was at this level a yr in the past, when he was coming into his first full skilled season.

Although loads of individuals across the group are ready to see when he’s able to get to the majors, one other Yankee prospect has been assured about Volpe’s main league future for even longer.

Anthony Volpe
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Beck Method, a 22-year-old right-hander who completed final season with Volpe at Excessive-A Hudson Valley, stated he’s had Volpe pegged for the majors since earlier than the shortstop was even a youngster.

“Oh my gosh, he was like the best participant ever,’’ Method stated on the Yankees’ minicamp at their participant growth complicated. “Tremendous-quick, super-fast [and] hitting house runs.”

The 2 performed in opposition to one another within the GoWags baseball program, with Method in Harrisburg, Pa., and Volpe in Watchung, N.J.

Yankees minor league shortstop Anthony Volpe speaks to the media at the Yankees Minor League Complex in Tampa, Florida, on Feb. 22, 2022.
Anthony Volpe chatting with the media
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“I’m older than him, so he’d play our crew and hit house runs as a 12-year-old and match proper in,’’ Method stated.

Requested if he thought Volpe had huge league potential even then, Method stated, “All of us had been considering that. … He confirmed it.”

The 2 had been teammates collectively at Hudson Valley a yr in the past, when Volpe grew to become probably the most prized prospects within the sport.

“He’s larger and quicker now,’’ Method stated. “That’s the one distinction. However he’s within the minors. He’s started working his means up.”

Volpe is trying ahead to persevering with that course of after beginning his skilled profession in 2019, when he was drafted thirtieth total out of Delbarton Excessive College and went to Pulaski within the Rookie League.

The minor league season was worn out in 2020, however he made up for misplaced time by dominating the competitors at each Low-A Tampa after which Hudson Valley final yr.

He’s doubtless ticketed for Double-A Somerset to begin the 2022 season, with one other extremely regarded prospect, Oswald Peraza, anticipated to be at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Volpe, for his half, insisted he’s not targeted on when he may get to The Bronx.

Yankees minor league shortstop Anthony Volpe walks on to the field at the Yankees Minor League Complex in Tampa, Florida.
Anthony Volpe walks on to the sector on the Yankees Minor League Advanced in Tampa, Florida.
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“It’s robust to consider as a result of I’m so glad being current within the second, seeing all the blokes once more after the offseason,’’ Volpe stated. “It’s robust for me to consider thus far sooner or later.”

Most scouts consider Volpe is at the very least a yr away from the majors, though Peraza might need an opportunity to make his MLB debut later within the yr.

Normal supervisor Brian Cashman acknowledged the presence of each Volpe and Peraza has performed a job in how the entrance workplace approaches the necessity for a shortstop this offseason, since crew execs consider one or each might contribute within the majors quickly.

Requested the way it felt to be on the Yankees’ radar, Volpe stated, “I suppose you’d slightly be on it than not. I don’t actually learn an excessive amount of of that type of stuff. I suppose I might say it’s cool me and Oswald, it appears like, [are] getting seems [and] probabilities.”

His extra rapid objective for this yr is to “have a clear, wholesome season; play each sport exhausting and win as a lot as we are able to.”

New hitting coach Dillon Lawson, beforehand the group’s minor league hitting coordinator, praised the “consistency” of Volpe’s swing and total play and angle.

As for his strategy on the plate, Lawson referred to as it “mature.”

“It’s elevated,’’ Lawson stated. “He has the power to take a sport plan and never get distracted from it. He’s forward of his age.”

One other Yankee pitching prospect, Hayden Wesneski, praised Volpe’s mindset.

“He handles strain effectively,’’ Wesneski stated. “That’s what makes him totally different. He loves it. I hope nobody ever ruins it for him. You possibly can inform he enjoys it, the way in which he strikes round and brings power daily.”

As for any comparisons anybody may make about him and Jeter, Volpe laughed and stated, “There’ll by no means be one other Jeter.”


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