According to MLB.com, Volpe was ranked as the number 52 overall prospect by Baseball America, and 63rd by MLB pipeline. He signed a contract worth over $2.365 million (USA Today). In his first press conference, Volpe described his dream of playing for the Yankees. He said he is the kind of player that plays with a lot of energy, grit, and intelligence. Volpe is looking to build his all-around game, to be an elite player, in the Bronx, in the near future.
A Closer Look on how Volpe’s First Season is going so far
After the draft, Volpe reported to the Pulaski Yankees, the Rookie Appalachian Baseball League team, affiliated with the New York Yankees. Unfortunately, he has not lived up to his expectations yet. He is batting .215, with two home runs, 11 RBIs, and 6 stolen bases in 34 games (MiLB.com ). Although, he only has nine errors and a .934 fielding percentage. The hitting may not be there but the defense seems to be the best part of his game.
There is no need to panic, he is only 18 years old. It is very difficult to be a breakout star right out of high school. Especially, the New York Yankees have had very good drafts in recent years and seem to only have to reload and never rebuild on talent.
Expect Volpe to make more of an impact next year once he gets used to the pace and standard of the game at the next level. He said himself he is a hard worker and do not be surprised if he comes back faster and stronger next year. The Yankees truly got a steal in this year’s draft and fans should be excited to see what he can bring to the table in the future.