New York Yankees’ prime prospect Anthony Volpe has had extremely excessive expectations since he was drafted thirtieth total within the 2019 MLB Draft.
How excessive? Hall of Famer Derek Jeter was the comparability by some.
While Jeter was the epitome of what the Yankees stand for on and off the sphere, Volpe is doing his finest to at the very least present why individuals take into account him top-of-the-line shortstop prospects in baseball throughout his early spring coaching appearances.
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But should you ask Willie Randolph, who has seen Volpe up shut and private in Tampa, he not solely considered Jeter however one other Yankees captain as nicely: Don Mattingly.
“Some of those guys have ‘it,’” Randolph advised the New York Post’s Mark W. Sanchez. “I see a little bit of ‘it’ in [Volpe] as far as his total focus.
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“You have a younger participant who’s centered on getting higher and centered on find out how to learn to play the sport. That’s stuff that actually excites me.”
Hitting coach Dillon Lawson also spoke to Volpe’s talent, saying, “He’s precisely what all of us thought he can be.” Fans who have been watching the Yankees this spring are starting to notice it as well.
Volpe has gone 4 for 11 with three runs scored, one double and his first home run that was hit against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.
He’s also shown above-average speed, swiping two bags against the Toronto Blue Jays in his first spring training game.
Volpe, though, is considered a bit of a long shot to break camp with the Yankees. Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Oswald Peraza trump him in experience.
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But Randolph can see that Volpe is patient and working on perfecting his craft.
“From Day 1, he’s been proper right here with me. You can inform he needs to be the most effective,” he stated.
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Between Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre last season, Volpe hit .249/.342/.460 with 21 homers and 65 RBI.