Preparing to kick off minor-league spring training, New York Yankees star prospect Anthony Volpe pondered his future with the organization, especially with rumors indicating he could be packaged in a blockbuster trade this off-season.
General manager Brian Cashman is unlikely to part ways with arguably the most valuable prospect in the Yankees farm system at this moment, but anything is possible after the lockout finally comes to an end. Volpe is preparing to turn 21 this upcoming season, standing at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds.
Coming off his first season with Low-A Tampa and Hudson valley, the Yankees are expecting to elevate him this year, accelerating his growth and development. In 2021, Volpe hit a combined. 294 with 27 Homers and 86 RBIs. He’s quickly approaching Major League baseball and considering it is his dream to do so, the Yankees would be foolish to send him on his way before testing his capabilities at the highest level.
“It’s been my dream to play for the actual Yankees and not just be a minor leaguer,’’ Volpe said Tuesday, via Dan Martin of the New York Post. “I can’t really control anything that happens from here on out, but I’m definitely gonna work as hard as I possibly can to try to make that a reality.”
Anthony’s teammates have raved about his qualities climbing through the farm system, but he’s still an expected two years away from getting his first crack at shortstop. That is why the front office is hesitant to pursue a big name like Carlos Correa on a massive deal.
A stopgap solution makes the most sense given their confidence in Volpe and Oswald Peraza, who could shift to another infield spot if both are playing simultaneously in the future.
One thing that continues to pop up regarding Volpe is his maturity as a player, showcasing advanced athletic abilities and mental processes.
“It’s elevated,’’ hitting coach Dillon Lawson said. “He has the ability to take a game plan and not get distracted from it. He’s ahead of his age.”
At just 20, Volpe has impressed enough to justify holding on for dear life until he’s ready to make the jump. This season will be incredibly important for his growth and preparation. If he can remain consistent with his contact and extraordinary power, Volpe could find himself sniffing a Major League spot in less than two years.