ANTHONY Michael VOLPE
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   SS
Home: N/A Team:   YANKEES
Height: 5' 11" Bats:   R
Weight: 185 Throws:   R
DOB: 4/28/2001 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 11  
Birth City: Watchung, NJ
Draft: Yankees #1 - 2019 - Out of high school (NJ)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2019 APP PULASKI   34 121 19 26 7 2 2 11 6 1 23 38 .349 .355 .215
2021 LAS TAMPA   54 199 56 60 18 5 12 49 21 5 49 51 .455 .623 .302
2021 HAE HUDSON VALLEY   55 213 57 61 17 1 15 37 12 4 27 58 .391 .587 .286
2022 IL SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE   22 83 13 19 3 1 2 4 5 2 8 30 .312 .361 .229
2022 EL PORTLAND   1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .000 .000
2022 EL SOMERSET   110 422 71 106 31 4 18 60 43 6 57 88 .348 .472 .251
2023 AL YANKEES   159 541 62 113 23 4 21 60 24 5 52 167 .283 .383 .209
2024 AL YANKEES   22 84 15 24 4 0 2 9 6 1 10 20 .362 .405 .286
Today's Game Notes
  • The Yankees in recent years pushed an organizational hitting philosophy of getting the ball in the air. And why not? The four teams that hit the most flyballs last year? The Los Angeles Dodgers, Astros, Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves, four very good teams.

    But not all hitters are built for launching. Volpe is one of them. Volpe hit with such an uphill swing path last season that he was one of the worst hitters in baseball against high fastballs (not including cutters).

    Volpe did adjust his setup (not his swing) during the season, and he did manage to pop 21 homers, even if six of them were fastballs he carved into the short porch at Yankee Stadium. But Volpe hit .209, the worst by a qualified Yankee in 55 years. He also struck out 167 times. No Yankee ever hit so low and struck out so often—and it’s one of only 18 such seasons by any player.

    There was just no way he was going to become a consistent hitter without a better swing path. He also needed to become “quieter” with his head. Volpe would start tall, sink into his knees and then rise again as his shoulders tilted. The excess movement is one reason why he was such a poor breaking ball hitter: .147, fourth worst in MLB.

    To his credit, he recognized it and went to work after the season and has been showing a “flatter” swing this spring—a catchall term that basically means the barrel of his bat is entering the hitting zone more even with the ball path rather than under it.

    If he needs a swing role model, it’s Nico Hoerner of the Cubs. With Volpe’s speed, if he puts more balls in play, he becomes closer to the 97 OPS+ Hoerner posted than the 81 Volpe had last year. Volpe should not try to be a 30-home run hitter—not yet. He should be Hoerner, a master at getting on top of high fastballs. Last year Hoerner hit .308 against high heaters, 10th best in MLB. The league average is just .211. (TOM VERDUCCI - March 2, 2024)

     

        

     

     

Personal
  • Volpe CLASS="highlight"> committed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Vanderbilt CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> senior CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Delbarton CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Morristown, CLASS="highlight"> New CLASS="highlight"> Jersey.

    Anthony CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> excellent CLASS="highlight"> student.

    Volpe CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> delivered CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> promise CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> won CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> state CLASS="highlight"> championship. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> featured CLASS="highlight"> RHP CLASS="highlight"> Jack CLASS="highlight"> Leiter, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> son CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> former CLASS="highlight"> New CLASS="highlight"> Jersey CLASS="highlight"> governor, CLASS="highlight"> Chris CLASS="highlight"> Christie.

  • Evaluators CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> praise CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> goes CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> baseball. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> excellent CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> ethic. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> slow CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> down. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> IQ. CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> doesn’t CLASS="highlight"> overwhelm CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> tools CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> physicality, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> extremely CLASS="highlight"> sound CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> offensively CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> defensively.

  • Anthony CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> shone CLASS="highlight"> under CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spotlight CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> advanced CLASS="highlight"> competition, CLASS="highlight"> including CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Team CLASS="highlight"> USA's CLASS="highlight"> gold CLASS="highlight"> medal-winning CLASS="highlight"> 18-and-under CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2018 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Delbarton CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> competed CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> USA CLASS="highlight"> Baseball's CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> Invitational CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2019.  CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> well CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> instincts CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> bases CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> defensively. CLASS="highlight"> Scouts CLASS="highlight"> especially CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> Volpe’s CLASS="highlight"> makeup CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> ethic, CLASS="highlight"> speaking CLASS="highlight"> highly CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> bat CLASS="highlight"> control.  CLASS="highlight"> (Hoch CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 6/3/19)

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Yankees CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> round CLASS="highlight"> (#30 CLASS="highlight"> overall), CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Delbarton CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Morristown, CLASS="highlight"> New CLASS="highlight"> Jersey. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> scout CLASS="highlight"> Matt CLASS="highlight"> Hyde. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">  

    "It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> hardest CLASS="highlight"> decision CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> life, CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> pass CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> experience CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> championship," CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> "But CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> opportunity CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> New CLASS="highlight"> York CLASS="highlight"> Yankees, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> I've CLASS="highlight"> dreamed CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> entire CLASS="highlight"> life CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> once CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> excited CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> ready CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> possibly CLASS="highlight"> could, CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> any CLASS="highlight"> regrets. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> here CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> games." 

    Volpe's CLASS="highlight"> bonus CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> $2,740,300, CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> $2,365,500 CLASS="highlight"> slot CLASS="highlight"> value CLASS="highlight"> assigned CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> pick. 

    "I'd CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> someone CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> humanly CLASS="highlight"> possible CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> any CLASS="highlight"> given CLASS="highlight"> day," CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I'll CLASS="highlight"> lay CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bunt, CLASS="highlight"> I'll CLASS="highlight"> steal CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> base, CLASS="highlight"> whatever CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> needs. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> count CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team."   CLASS="highlight"> (Hoch CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 6/10/19)

    Matt CLASS="highlight"> Hyde CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> patrolling CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Northeast CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Yankees CLASS="highlight"> scout CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> 2005.

    "I've CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> comfortable CLASS="highlight"> signing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> signing CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> Volpe," CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I've CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> confident."

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2020, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> Prospect CLASS="highlight"> Handbook CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 6th-best CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Yankees CLASS="highlight"> organization. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> dropped CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> #17 CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> later, CLASS="highlight"> early CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2021. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> jumped CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> #1 CLASS="highlight"> Yankees CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2022. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> stayed CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> #1 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> winter CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> 2023 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training.

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 2021: CLASS="highlight"> Figuring CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> expectations CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> entering CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> fraught CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> difficulty. CLASS="highlight"> First, CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> spent CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Rookie-level CLASS="highlight"> Pulaski, CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> underwhelming. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> clouded CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bout CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> mononucleosis, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> meant CLASS="highlight"> nobody CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> truly CLASS="highlight"> sure CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> close CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> full CLASS="highlight"> strength CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> playing.

    Then, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2020 CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> happened. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> difficult CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sport CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> whole, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> invited CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Yankees’ CLASS="highlight"> alternate CLASS="highlight"> training CLASS="highlight"> site CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> hold CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> domestic CLASS="highlight"> instructional CLASS="highlight"> league. CLASS="highlight"> Any CLASS="highlight"> development CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> happened CLASS="highlight"> remotely.

    Once CLASS="highlight"> minor CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training CLASS="highlight"> began, CLASS="highlight"> evaluators CLASS="highlight"> immediately CLASS="highlight"> tabbed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Yankees’ CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> first-rounder CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> stuck CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> pack. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> noted CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> bat-to-ball CLASS="highlight"> skills, CLASS="highlight"> instincts CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> diamond CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> intangibles, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> particular.

    Those CLASS="highlight"> positive CLASS="highlight"> reviews CLASS="highlight"> haven’t CLASS="highlight"> stopped. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> excellent CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> opening CLASS="highlight"> term CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Low-A CLASS="highlight"> Southeast CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> continued CLASS="highlight"> barreling CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> stint CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> High-A CLASS="highlight"> Hudson CLASS="highlight"> Valley. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> reviews, CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> internally CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> externally, CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> vaulted CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 2 CLASS="highlight"> spot CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Yankees’ CLASS="highlight"> system, CLASS="highlight"> behind CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> toolsy CLASS="highlight"> teenager CLASS="highlight"> Jasson CLASS="highlight"> Dominguez. CLASS="highlight"> (Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Aug CLASS="highlight"> 2021)

  • 2021 CLASS="highlight"> Season:  CLASS="highlight">  

    A/A+: CLASS="highlight"> .294/.423/.604, CLASS="highlight"> 109 CLASS="highlight"> G, CLASS="highlight"> 27 CLASS="highlight"> HR, CLASS="highlight"> 86 CLASS="highlight"> RBI, CLASS="highlight"> 113 CLASS="highlight"> R, CLASS="highlight"> 78 CLASS="highlight"> BB, CLASS="highlight"> 33 CLASS="highlight"> SB

    The CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> first-rounder CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> believed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> above-average CLASS="highlight"> skills CLASS="highlight"> across CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> board CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> showed CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> turns CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Low-A CLASS="highlight"> Tampa CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> High-A CLASS="highlight"> Hudson CLASS="highlight"> Valley.

    The CLASS="highlight"> 20-year-old CLASS="highlight"> shortstop CLASS="highlight"> led CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> qualified CLASS="highlight"> full-season CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> Leaguers CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> 1.027 CLASS="highlight"> OPS CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 170 CLASS="highlight"> wRC+. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> least CLASS="highlight"> 25 CLASS="highlight"> homers CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 25 CLASS="highlight"> stolen CLASS="highlight"> bases, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> didn’t CLASS="highlight"> slow CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> either CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .286/.391/.587 CLASS="highlight"> line CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 55 CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> higher CLASS="highlight"> level. CLASS="highlight"> His CLASS="highlight"> place CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Yankees CLASS="highlight"> system CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> secure.

  •  From CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> minor CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2021, CLASS="highlight"> scouts CLASS="highlight"> buzzed CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> Volpe’s CLASS="highlight"> combination CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> skills, CLASS="highlight"> instincts CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> makeup. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> stopped CLASS="highlight"> singing CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> praises.

  • Dec CLASS="highlight"> 7, CLASS="highlight"> 2021:  CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> enjoyed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> stellar CLASS="highlight"> return CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> diamond CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> past CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> boosting CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> spot CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Yankees' CLASS="highlight"> Top CLASS="highlight"> 30 CLASS="highlight"> Prospect CLASS="highlight"> list. CLASS="highlight"> While CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> organization CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> hopes CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> future, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> standout CLASS="highlight"> shortstop CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> carrying CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> measured CLASS="highlight"> approach CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2022 CLASS="highlight"> campaign.

    "I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> pay CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> attention CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> stuff CLASS="highlight"> outside CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> control," CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> YES CLASS="highlight"> Network. CLASS="highlight"> "It's CLASS="highlight"> definitely CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> honor CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> lightly, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> time, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> possibly CLASS="highlight"> be. CLASS="highlight"> Whether CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> unranked CLASS="highlight"> bottom-of-the-order CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> am CLASS="highlight"> now, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Yankees' CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 1 CLASS="highlight"> prospect, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> reach CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> potential."

    General CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Brian CLASS="highlight"> Cashman CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> pointed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> shortstop CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> unsettled CLASS="highlight"> area CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> need CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> offseason. CLASS="highlight"> While CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> club CLASS="highlight"> engaged CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> free-agent CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> trade CLASS="highlight"> markets, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 20-year-old CLASS="highlight"> Volpe's CLASS="highlight"> rising CLASS="highlight"> status CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> equation CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> considering CLASS="highlight"> future CLASS="highlight"> moves. CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Pipeline CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 15 CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball.

    "He CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> impressive CLASS="highlight"> year," CLASS="highlight"> Cashman CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> certainly CLASS="highlight"> caught CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> attention CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> entire CLASS="highlight"> industry. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> reinforces CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> justifies CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> heard CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> amateur CLASS="highlight"> department CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> drafted CLASS="highlight"> him, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> we're CLASS="highlight"> excited CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> future."

  • After CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> Draft, CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> limited CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> 34 CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> summer CLASS="highlight"> following CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bout CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> mononucleosis. CLASS="highlight"> Then CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> unable CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2020 CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> COVID-19 CLASS="highlight"> pandemic CLASS="highlight"> nixed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> season.

    In CLASS="highlight"> 2021, CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> starred CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Class CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> Tampa CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> High-A CLASS="highlight"> Hudson CLASS="highlight"> Valley, CLASS="highlight"> posting CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> combined CLASS="highlight"> .294/.423/.604 CLASS="highlight"> slash CLASS="highlight"> line CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 35 CLASS="highlight"> doubles, CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> triples, CLASS="highlight"> 27 CLASS="highlight"> homers CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 86 CLASS="highlight"> RBIs CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 109 CLASS="highlight"> games. CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> used CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2020 CLASS="highlight"> pause CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> opportunity CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> fine-tune CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> swing CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> defense.

    "Having CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> COVID, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> perspective," CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "Just CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> love, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> play. CLASS="highlight"> Just CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> together CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> blast. CLASS="highlight"> "You CLASS="highlight"> remember CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> moments CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> much, CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> games, CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> games, CLASS="highlight"> road CLASS="highlight"> trips CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> stuff CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> that. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> stuff CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> guess CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> wasn't CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> thinking CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> I'd CLASS="highlight"> miss, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> you're CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> realize CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> awesome CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> is."

    With CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 3 CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> Oswald CLASS="highlight"> Peraza CLASS="highlight"> projected CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> 2023 CLASS="highlight"> arrivals CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leagues, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Yankees CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> entertaining CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> suggestion CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> stopgap CLASS="highlight"> option CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> fill CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> position CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> season.

    "You CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> highly CLASS="highlight"> of," CLASS="highlight"> Cashman CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "That CLASS="highlight"> means CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> either CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> plans CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hopefully CLASS="highlight"> arrive CLASS="highlight"> here CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> impact CLASS="highlight"> you, CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> ultimately CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> guess CLASS="highlight"> sometimes CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> trade CLASS="highlight"> pieces. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hold CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> can. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ability CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> shortstop, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> usually CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> athletic CLASS="highlight"> person CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field."

    Volpe CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> friends CLASS="highlight"> occasionally CLASS="highlight"> send CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> news CLASS="highlight"> clippings CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Hot CLASS="highlight"> Stove, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> primarily CLASS="highlight"> focused CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> healthy CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> ready CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Spring CLASS="highlight"> Training. CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2022, CLASS="highlight"> he'd CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> improve CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> ability CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> breaking CLASS="highlight"> balls CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> arm CLASS="highlight"> strength CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> shortstop CLASS="highlight"> position.

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    “He’s CLASS="highlight"> gotta CLASS="highlight"> produce,” CLASS="highlight"> Cortes CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> (Kirschner CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Jun CLASS="highlight"> 26, CLASS="highlight"> 2023 CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Athletic)

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    “That’s CLASS="highlight"> why CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> felt CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> once-in-a-lifetime CLASS="highlight"> opportunity,” CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> said. 

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    Most CLASS="highlight"> notably, CLASS="highlight"> Volpe CLASS="highlight"> hopes CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> raise CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> batting CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> (.209) CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> on-base CLASS="highlight"> percentage CLASS="highlight"> (.283), CLASS="highlight"> challenges CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> elevate CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Yanks’ CLASS="highlight"> lineup. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> 167 CLASS="highlight"> times, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> significant CLASS="highlight"> jump CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> whiffing CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> 88 CLASS="highlight"> times CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 422 CLASS="highlight"> at-bats CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2022 CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Double-A CLASS="highlight"> Somerset. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    “I CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> DNA CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> chance CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> control CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> strike CLASS="highlight"> zone,” CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Aaron CLASS="highlight"> Boone CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “That's CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> area CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> improve, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> continue CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> improve. CLASS="highlight"> Hopefully CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> improvements CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> year, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> now, CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> gets CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> base CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> ability CLASS="highlight"> combined CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> power CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> speed.”

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Batting
  • Volpe has an impressive 60 grade hit tool, and has exceptional, 60 grade power, also. He’s gone all-in on the Yankees’ internal motto of “Hit Strikes Hard” and produces some of the highest quality at-bats in the organization. He controls the conflict from the moment he gets in the box and does not relent no matter the count. He shows no fear with two strikes and is content to foul off pitches until he gets something he can damage. 

    Anthony is the purest hitter in the Yankees’ system, a title he comes by through an extremely mature approach that allows him to pick through pitches he doesn’t want until he gets something he can impact. Then he unleashes a powerful yet compact swing that produces hard line drives thanks to a swing path that keeps the barrel in the zone for a long time.

    Scouts noticed a few early tweaks that might have gotten him a little off kilter in the early going
    . Notably, they saw a bigger stride and a higher hand-set than in years past. The former was causing unwanted head movement and the latter upset his timing and was causing him to work around pitches instead of through them. Once Volpe corrected those issues, he started looking like the 2021 version of himself. Multiple scouts brought up a weakness against spin from righthanders, which is among the final holes he’ll have to close before he’s ready to take over in the Bronx. (Josh Norris - Baseball America Prospect Handbook - Spring, 2023)

  • Left on his own for development in 2020 after the pandemic shut down the Minor League season and the Yankees didn't stage a domestic instructional league program, Volpe added significant strength and reworked his right-handed swing to allow him to hit balls harder and drive them in the air more easily. Once he was fully healthy, he made more consistent contact against all types of pitching and showed the patience to wait for pitches he can punish and to take walks when he doesn't get them. Originally projected as a hit-over-power type, he now looks capable of hitting .280 with 25-30 homers per season. (Spring 2022)

  • While Volpe isn't physically imposing, he's an advanced hitter with a compact right-handed swing. After posting an uncharacteristic 25 percent strikeout rate in his debut, he has made much more consistent contact during his first full season. And after initially projecting as a hit-over-power guy who might reach double digits in home runs once he added strength, he's now driving the ball more, hitting it harder than ever and looking like at least a 20-homer threat. (Spring 2022)

  • Whether he’s facing premium velocity, high spin or extreme changes of speed, Volpe stays balanced and on time, often resulting in a ball hit with authority. (Josh Norris - Baseball America Prospect Handbook - Spring, 2022)

  • Anthony's quick hands and short, compact righthanded stroke allow for hard line shots up the middle and to both gaps for lots of doubles and triples. And his power kicked in starting in 2021.

    Anthony shines at bat, using a mature approach to work his way into advantageous counts and force pitchers to give him pitches to drive.

    Scouts and opposing managers rave about Volpe’s combination of hitting ability and power, which helped him become the only player in the minor leagues with more than 25 home runs and more than 30 stolen bases, in 2021.

    Volpe's across-the-board improvements turned him into one of the top prospects in baseball.

    “He never hit cruise control,” top hitting coordinator Dillon Lawson said. “He constantly had a purpose for what he was doing and where he was going.

    “Nobody predicted that he was going to put up these kind of power numbers,” Lawson said. “So I think that that was the initial surprise and most impressive part. The fact that he sustained that throughout the year is even more incredible. That’s really, really hard to do.”

  • While Volpe isn't physically imposing, he's an advanced hitter with a compact right-handed swing. After posting an uncharacteristic 25 percent strikeout rate in his debut, he has made much more consistent contact during his first full season.

    And after initially projecting as a hit-over-power guy who might reach double digits in home runs once he added strength, he's now driving the ball more, hitting it harder than ever and looking like at least a 20-homer threat. (Spring 2021)

  • Anthony has an innate ability to square balls up and produce quality contact. He continues to get stronger and impacts the ball more, but he has the tools to hit for average.

    Volpe's best tools are on the offensive side, where his bat-to-ball skills and burgeoning power potential stick out. Volpe worked hard over the shutdown to get stronger in order to reach the Yankees’ goal of increasing his average exit velocity. (Josh Norris - Baseball America - Sept. 2021)

  • More advanced than most teenagers at the plate, Volpe employs a compact right-handed swing and laces line drives from gap to gap. He struck out in 25 percent of his plate appearances during his debut, but he should make much more contact once he's healthy and gains more strength. He has some bat speed and could develop double-digit home run power, though he understands his focus is getting on base. (Spring 2020)

    Anthony will never be described as a toolsy player, but he continues to go out and handle every aspect of the game with competence, particularly as a sound defensive shortstop. While power is unlikely to be a big part of Volpe’s game given his current physicality and raw power, he showed enough pop to at least keep teams honest.

    Volpe grades out across the board with fringe-average or average tools

  • Anthony hits line drives. He has a short righthanded swing.

  • 2021 Yankees Breakout Prospect: Anthony Volpe

    The 20-year-old opened the year as the Yankees’ No
    . 11 prospect and finished atop the list after hitting .294/.423/.604 with 27 homers and 86 RBIs over 109 games. The Low-A Southeast Player of the Month for June, Volpe has firmly entrenched himself on the prospect radar and figured to rank high on a variety of lists in 2022. (Mayo, Dykstra and Boor - MLB.com - Dec 23, 2021)

  • 2021 Season: Volpe had a modest pro debut after signing as a 2019 first-round pick out of a New Jersey high school, in part because he was dealing with mononucleosis, but he broke out as one of baseball's top prospects last season. MLB Pipeline named him its 2021 Hitting Prospect of the Year after he batted .294/.423/.604 with 27 homers and 33 steals in 109 games between Low-A and High-A. He topped the Minors in runs (113) and OPS (1.027) and ranked second in extra-base hits (68). (Mayo, Dykstra and Boor - MLB.com - Jan 20, 2022)

    Volpe added muscle during the pandemic shutdown.  As a result, he hit 27 homers and added 35 doubles, 6 triples and 86 RBIs in the 2021 season. (B  Hoch - MLB.com March 3,  2022)

  • May 10, 2023: Volpe becomes the youngest player ever to hit a grand slam in Yankee Stadium, per Katie Sharp, and that includes all versions of Yankee Stadium (which means it's a 100-year-old record). The only Yankees younger than Volpe to ever hit a grand slam anywhere were Mickey Mantle (four times) and Melky Cabrera (via James Smyth). (By Matt Snyder)

  • March 2024: Volpe unveils new swing and approach.

    In 2023, Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe put up perhaps the worst 20 homer/20 stolen base/Gold Glove rookie season in MLB history.

    The 22-year-old deserves all the credit in the world for the stability of his glove and the flashes of power during a full season at the MLB level, with barely more than a stopover at Triple-A. The rest of his game didn't match up with the way he'd previously performed, though. The swing was too uppercut. The bat path sold out for power rather than an impressive spray chart. The aggressiveness on the bases oddly disappeared as the season dragged on. (He had 13 stolen bases in March/April/May; only 11 the rest of the year.)

    By the end of the season, Volpe was fighting to stay above .200 rather than reveling in what should've been a post-chicken parm breakout. His .209 average and .666 OPS/81 OPS+, impacted by a September swoon (.163/.482 OPS in the month), was not good enough, no matter the accolades.

    There were flashes, of course. Volpe's midseason work resulted in seven bombs, 21 RBI, and an .889 OPS in August. But, knowing this kid, the corresponding .256 average still ate at him prior to September's arrival. Even his peaks, while promising, weren't satisfactory.

    So, given that he clearly has no interest in dialing things down and taking any feet off the gas pedal in any context, as soon as the season ended, he got to work, reportedly reshaping his bat path and, as a result, channeling his aggressive mentality into better execution.

    A clearly yoked-up Volpe blasted a 105.2 MPH liner into the left-center field gap, turning on the jets (probably four weeks before he should've) and careening into second base for a hustle double.

    Anthony's new swing and approach getting him back to aggressive mode. Spring results don't matter, necessarily, but when spring results come as a result of pivotal offseason changes ... there's something to latch onto there.

    Criticize Brian Cashman and Co. all you want for numerous trade deadline offenses, but they made sure to continue to note that Volpe had earned the shortstop position and would hold onto it throughout 2023, even as his numbers crashed and burned (and, yes, the counting stats looked fine at the end of the year, but they represented a different guy).

    This year, he's the incumbent. The job is very much his. He's got a little bit of hardware and a one-year taste of the big leagues, as well as a harsh reminder of just how often even the most talented hitters have to adjust.

    Add his relentless mindset and dogged mentality to his cleaned-up mechanics, and there might not be many Yankee fans writing off 2023's supposed prodigy much longer. (Adam Weinrib - March 3, 2024)

Fielding
  • Anthony is a polished defender at shortstop. He makes all the routine plays, flashing impressive leather with soft hands and accurate throws. And his footwork is fluid. He is a 50 grade defender with a 45 grade arm.

    Scouts are split about whether Volpe can remain at shortstop. Nobody believes he will be an elite defender at the position, but there are some who think he can be average and that his lack of standout arm strength can be mitigated by excellent instincts and a quick release. He has quick feet but his range at shortstop is average at best. (J. Norris - BAPH - Spring, 2023)

  • Volpe's offseason work before 2022 spring training with Yankees instructors and at Wake Forest helped him improve his arm strength and gave the organization even more confidence that he may be able to stick at shortstop.

  • Volpe's instincts help him play above his tools on the bases and at shortstop. He's a solid runner who recognizes and makes the most of opportunities to steal or take an extra base. Though his arm earns average to solid grades, he figures to stick at short because he has a good internal clock and a quick release. (Spring 2022)

  • Volpe's 50 grade arm is strong, but some say he may be best at second base. However, his exceptional makeup could help keep him at shortstop.

    Anthony shows quick actions and instincts as well as solid hands and footwork, all of which make up for fringe-average range and a near-average arm boosted by strong accuracy and a solid internal clock. Scouts disagree about whether he can remain a shortstop, mostly because of his arm, but even his doubters acknowledge that his outstanding work ethic could help him work to increase his arm strength. (Josh Norris - BAPH - Spring, 2022)

  • Volpe's instincts and intelligence help him play above his tools on the bases and at shortstop. He's a solid runner who recognizes and makes the most of opportunities to steal or take an extra base. Though his arm earns average to solid grades, he figures to stick at short because he has a good internal clock and a quick release. He may not be the most tooled-up prospect, but he makes the most out of his ability and his work ethic has led to consistent improvement. (Sept. 2021)

  • Volpe's instincts help him play above his tools on the bases and in the field. Despite an average arm, he figures to stay at shortstop because he has quick hands and gets rid of the ball quickly. (Spring 2020)

  • Volpe has a nose for the ball. He is impressive, with present 60 grade defense, and a 50 grade arm on the 20-80 scouting scale.

  • Volpe has some effort to his delivery on throws across the diamond, but he has solid arm strength and a quick exchange that should allow him to stick up the middle. 

  • Volpe's instincts and overall feel for playing defense are extremely polished. He seems to make every play that comes to him—making the position look much easier than it actually is.

    His high-effort playing style and feel for the game should allow him to get the most out of his solid-average set of tools while handling himself at a premium defensive position. 

    Anthony has efficient footwork and gets around the ball well to put himself in solid positions to throw across the diamond, and he has no issues throwing from multiple angles, on the run or while turning a double play at second base. (Baseball America - May 2019)

    GOLD GLOVER

  • 2023 Season: Volpe is the first Yankees rookie to win a Gold Glove after he logged 15 defensive runs saved in nearly 1,350 innings at shortstop.
Running
  • Anthony has 55 grade speed.

  • He's a solid runner who's a threat to steal and take an extra base when the opportunity presents itself.

  • 2021 Minors Season: Volpe joined the 20-20 club as he had 27 homers and 33 steals in combined low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley.

     

  • In 2023, Anthony's strong instincts helped him swipe 50 bases total in the minors.

  • April 15, 2023: Volpe entered the Yankees’ home clash with the Twins ranking second on the team in stolen bases with three. The rookie shortstop doubled his stole bases tally on the season during the contest.

    Volpe stole second base with ease during the fifth inning against the Twins. He later stole both second and third base in the eighth inning.

    At 21 years and 352 days, Volpe became the youngest player in Yankees franchise history to steal at least three bases in a game. (Steve Zavala) 

  • May 13, 2023: Rookie shortstop Anthony Volpe showed off his speed and made some unique Yankees history in the process.

    He stole his 13th base and became the first Yankee to do so without getting caught, passing Joe DiMaggio’s total from 1936-38.  (Curt Bishop)

Career Injury Report
  • 2019: Volpe's season was cut short. He played his final game on Aug. 11 after contracting mononucleosis.