Carlos Corréa? Trevor’s story? How Yankees’ Anthony Volpe handles pressure and rumors
Some believe that Yankees Owner Hal Steinbrenner is expected to throw his entire portfolio on star shortstops for free agents Carlos Correa or Trevor Story.
Some believe GM Brian Cashman should sign a short-term shortstop option and wait until enthusiastic prospects Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza are ready to play in the majors.
But what about Volpe? Does the future of the Bronx shortstop come to mind?
âNot too much,â Volpe told YES Network’s Meredith Marakovitz on Tuesday. âI guess I’m just focused on training and working really hard to prepare and be in the best shape, the best mind to prepare for spring training.
âI don’t think I would do my coaches or my teammates, I would work with a serve if I read things like that. It was cool. I have a few friends on the 40 player roster that I played with last year, so it was great to see for them. When you do spring training and you’re in Tampa you see how hard everyone is working and it’s great to see them being recognized that way and having opportunities. It’s been a really cool thing in the offseason so far.
Many evaluators see Volpe – a 20-year-old student outside of Delbarton High School – as the Yankees’ best prospect since Derek jeter. He looks likely to start next year at Double-A Somerset and could hit the majors as early as next September, if not 2023.
Baseball America and MLB Pipeline each rank Volpe, the Yankees ‘2019 first-round pick, as the clubs’ No.1 overall prospect after a breakthrough in 2021.
In 109 games between Low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley, Volpe has reached 0.294 with 27 home runs, 86 RBIs and 1.027 OPS.
âI don’t really care about the stuff out of my control or the stuff on the outside,â Volpe said. âIt’s definitely an honor, and I don’t take it lightly at the same time. I just want to be the best player I can be and be it an unranked prospect, bottom line, or where I am now, the No.1 Yankees prospect. I think I still have a long way to go to reach that potential and nothing on the outside really changes all of that.
Volpe said he has seen the praise Cashman has been showering on him since the end of the season.
âIt’s really awesome,â Volpe said. I asked a few friends to send me these clips. It is a huge honor. But like I said, I was very lucky to have the year I had and to be able to play again. But there’s a long way to go, and no 20-year-old is good enough, no 21-year-old is good enough, whatever. I’m just excited to have the opportunity to go out there and play every day and keep improving.
And how does Volpe plan to improve?
“I have goals, probably different from what people would expect,” he said. âI want to hit balls that break better than I did last year. I work really hard on my arm strength with a weighted ball program. Stuff like that. Not really results-oriented goals or stuff like that. But just stuff like they said to help me become a better player on the road and can help the team.
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