New York Yankees not doing much, how about their rivals?

After the World Series the New York Yankees created a lot of excitement, seemingly committing to spend money and sign a big name short stop to replace the failed experiment with Gleyber Torres. They also indicated that securing a number two type starter would be a priority as well. There was also plenty of talk about backup strength in centerfield.

Now weeks out from those proclamations the Yankees have done practically nothing with their priorities, even rolling back thoughts of signing a big name shortstop. They have now decided it appears that a stop gap measure might be preferable, while they wait for Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza to become major league ready. It’s beginning to sound like the 2022 Yankees may not be that much different than the team that lost division to the Tampa Bay Rays and the wild card game to the Boston Red Sox.

The Yankees did replace third base coach Phil Nevin with ex-Mets manager Luis Rojas. The also made a play for starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who ended up signing with the Houston Astros, the team that turned his career around. The Yankees offered the same $25 million on a one year contract, the Astros bested that with the same amount for two years.

Boston Red Sox changes:

Luckily for the Yankees, their other rivals haven’t done much either. Possibly because a lock out seems likely when the Collective Bargaining Agreement runs out on December 1st. The Red Sox lost a key pitching element when Eduardo Rodriguez signed with the Detroit Tigers.

Back on the fifth of November the Sox scooped up Yankees Tim Locastro off waivers. Kyle Schwarber elected for free agency and the Sox as of now have not resigned him. He was big for the Sox going down the stretch with his 31 home runs on the season.

Tampa Bay Rays changes:

From a Yankee perspective it was not good news when the Rays inked an 11-year contract with their star infielder Wander Franco. The Rays will now have there cornerstone for the rest of the decade. Earlier in the month the Rays exercised Mike Zunino’s contract option, keeping him as their primary catcher.

Toronto Blue Jay changes:

The Blue Jays only big splash is that they signed starting pitcher Jose Berrios to a seven year contract extension, keeping him with the Blue Jays through the 2028 season. They also acquired Off Waivers From San Diego right hand pitcher Shawn Anderson.

Baltimore Orioles changes:

After a 110 game losing season and sitting at the bottom of the American League, the Orioles have done nearly nothing, other then acquire to two players off waivers. They selected right hand pitcher Cionel Perez from the Reds and shortstop Lucius Fox from the Kansas City Royals.

If there is no owner lock out after December first, expect the hot stove to heat up.

New York Yankees News: Yankee manager dead at 90 and more Yankee news

Bill Virdon passes away at 90

The New York Yankee family was saddened to learn of the passing of ex-Yankee manager Bill Virdon. Virdon was manager of the Yankees during 1974 and 1975 before being replaced in 1975 my the new manager Billy Martin. In 1974 he won 89 games for the Yankees.

However, Virdon’s claim to fame was bringing the Houston Astros to the postseason twice. Virdon remains Houston’s management leader in wins. He has 544 wins to his name. He was voted NL Manager of the ear in 1980 when he guided the Astros to the NL West title after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs.

After the late George M. Steinbrenner took over the ownership of the Yankees from CBS, he brought in several managers to right the ship and make the Yankees champions again. After Ralph Houk couldn’t do it, he brought in Virdon in 1974, he managed the Yankees to number 2 in the East, but when he won only two more games than losses in 75, the “boss” replaced him with Billy Martin who won a championship for the Yankees in 1977.

Tyler Wade thanks the Yankees and the fans

Last weekend the Yankees designated utility player and fan favorite Tyler Wade for assignment. At the time I said that he would be scooped up quickly, and I was correct, on Monday he was traded to the Los Angels for cash consideration or a player to be named later.

Wade spent his entire nine year career with the Yankees having his best year this past season, when he hit .268 in a career high 103 games. Wade not being the best hitter, was commonly used late in games to run and steal bases, something he did very well. He was also very versatile playing in both the infield and outfield.

Wade took to social media to thank the Yankees and the fans for supporting him.

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New York, the last 9 years have been a dream. I can’t thank the fans enough for embracing me and making me feel apart of the city. To All my teammates I’m gonna miss ballin and competing with y’all! New York will always be apart of me!

Will the Yankees end up with a “turkey” at short?

Since the end of the World Series, the New York Yankee news has been all about replacing or finding a shortstop to replace the failed experiment with Gleyber Torres, who was moved late in the 2021 season back to second base.

First the news was that the Yankees would go big and make a splash with a big name like Carlos Correa or Cory Seager.  That seems to now turned to more of a discussion on the up and coming Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza. On this turkey day Yankee fans see a very cloudy picture as to who the 2022 Yankee shortstop will be. Joel Sherman has said the Yankees seem to no longer be participants in securing a top man to only being an observer. Meanwhile even ex-Yankee Nick Swisher has been praising the Yankee prospects. Stay tuned.

New York Yankees: Anthony Volpe on the way, but not soon enough

Suppose we know anything about New York Yankees, baseball. In that case, it’s that everything is subject to change, including having a troubling questionable season to winning 13 consecutive games, then going on a losing streak only to get to the AL Wild Card and losing there to the rival Boston Red Sox. But change is not limited to the big team. Things can change ever more quickly in the minors as well. So although sensation Jasson Dominguez has been the Yankees’ number one prospect for a couple of years, that may no longer be true.

Making news for himself, Anthony Volpe had been winning for the Hudson Valley Renegades. Last year I wrote: In a messed up spring training caused by the coronavirus, Anthony Volpe got a taste of playing with the big guys.  When a minor leaguer tested positive for the virus, all the minor leaguers were tested.

The now 20-year-old second baseman and shortstop, Volpe compiled stats between two New York Yankee affiliate minor league teams that would make many major leaguers blush with joy. In 109 games, he hit .294 with 86 RBIs and 27 home runs. Based on a 162 game season, that more home runs than any Yankee Stadium player. However, despite these incredible stats, he was only promoted to the AA Renegades with six weeks left in the season and has never played AAA ball.

Because of his lack of experience, the Yankee organization has expressed that he will not be ready to make the transition to the Stadium until the 2023 season, when they feel he will be polished enough for the move. So, the Volpe situation could make it unlikely that the Yankees will go after a big-name shortstop in the offseason in favor of a stop-gap measure. Instead, they will be more likely to create a situation like Anthony Rizzo, a one-year deal that won’t be costly.

The case for a new shortstop has been caused by the failure of Gleyber Torres at the position. Torres has not grown as a Yankee; he has regressed as a failed shortstop and error-ridden second baseman. Probably the fault of the Yankee organization; I don’t see a long-term improvement in Torres, who is no longer the 22 year old with a bright future.

The New York Yankees have a bevy of possibilities to get themselves a new shortstop. Trevor Story has oft been mentioned, but I don’t see him as a good fit for the Yankees. Exciting possibilities for the Yankees that won’t break the bank include Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, and Jose Iglesias, a cheapy. Other names mentioned are Corey Seager and Andrelton Simmons. This writer and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale don’t expect that an armored car will be pulling up at Yankee Stadium anytime soon.

When Volpe was 18, he passed up on a scholarship to Vanderbilt and signed with the New York Yankees.  Last season (2019), he slashed a .215/.341/.704 line.  But for the month before his season was shortened by mono, he hit .318. Volpe got to play in one game at Gorge M. Steinbrenner Field that spring.  Disappointed by the sudden shutdown of camp, he returned to his home in New Jersey when the minor league quarantine was lifted. There was no minor league season in 2020.

This year he started with the Tampa Tarpons 302/.455/.623 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs across 54 games. Playing so well and with the minor league re-alignment, Volpe found himself playing for the Renegades up the river from Yankee Stadium. Since there, he is challenging the Yankees to bring him up and by-pass triple-A play. The Yankees do not seem inclined to promote him until he is fully ready.

Volpe is an excellent defender at short and turning heads with his hitting. In 43 games with the Renegades, he is hitting .286 with 15 home runs. That is an average homer in every 3.5 games. He also has 37 RBIs. As a result, MLB Pipeline’s mid-season review has named the now 20-year-old shortstop as the New York Yankees’ top prospect, overtaking outfielder Jasson Dominguez.

Born across the river from Yankee Stadium in New Jersey, the 16-year-old Volpe attended Delbarton School in Morristown. As a senior at Delbarton, he hit .488 with 7 home runs, 17 stolen bases, and 34 RBIs. He was named New Jersey High School player of the year in 2019. Upon graduation, he committed to playing college ball with Vanderbilt University. But he was selected in the first round of the 2019 draft by the New York Yankees.

It seems like there is no stopping the young shortstop. Where he is headed, nobody knows for sure, but he is longed for the major leagues and maybe sooner than later. On August 19th, the Renegades were losing the game. Volpe in the ninth came to the plate and hit a walk-off home run to win the game for the Renegades 7-6. This past Sunday, Volpe created some perplexing excitement when he homered. He ran the bases and was immediately thrown out of the game upon reaching home plate. Apparently, he said something to the umpire as he passed third base. Volpe feels any news is good news.

Whenever a player plays excellent in the minors, there is no way to know for sure how that will translate in the majors, but you can be sure the Yankees will be watching, don’t expect him to start the 2022 season at Yankee Stadium.

Will the Yankees sign a world-class shortstop or wait for their stud prospect?

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The New York Yankees are heading into the off-season in desperate need of a new shortstop. With the Gleyber Torres experiment coming to an end, the front office will need to find a supplement, as they utilized starting third baseman Gio Urshela at the spot last year for the second half.

They could carry a lineup that starts DJ LeMahieu at first base, letting Anthony Rizzo walk in free agency, but he was an integral part of the team’s success toward the end of the season, despite being knocked out of the playoffs in the Wild Card game. Theoretically, LeMahieu could start at first, giving Gleyber the second base spot, Urshela at shortstop, and leaving third base as the lone opening.

Alternatively, they could shift LeMahieu to third base permanently and retain Rizzo as a starting first baseman for the foreseeable future. Considering Rizzo hit .248 with 22 homers and 61 RBIs this season, the Yankees could view him as a potential force moving forward. He only spent half the year with the Yankees, if not much less, so a full season in pinstripes could do him well.

The Yankees could go big at SS:

There is a scenario where the Yankees want to spend big money on a free agent shortstop, and there are several big names on the market. Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor story, Javier Baez, and Freddy Galvis will all be available, but it is unlikely the Bombers open up their checkbook on a monster contract.

Typically, you’d see the team target a player like Carlos Correa in the past, but he’s likely going to earn a massive contract after hitting .279 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs this season at just 26-years-old.

Preferably, the team wants to hold the position over until youngster Anthony Volpe is ready to take on the major leagues. In single A-ball with Tampa, Volpe earned 199 at-bats this season, tallying 12 homers and hitting .302. His abilities seem to be phenomenal, and he’s also a strong fielder capable of playing at multiple positions, with his priority being SS. He committed just six errors over 313.2 innings this season in Tampa.

Volpe is likely one or two seasons away from making his MLB debut, so the Yankees only need a short-term solution. Moving Urshela over to shortstop and putting DJ at third base might be a solid move, but they would hate to move Gio from his natural spot where he dominates defensively.

This is certainly an interesting predicament for the Yankees this upcoming off-season. What do you think they will do? Sign a free agent or hold over the position for the next few seasons as they wait for Volpe to reach the MLB? Comment here!

Yankees’ future star named MLB Pipeline’s Hitting Prospect of Year

Kansas City Royals’ prospects Bobby Witt Jr., Nick Pratto, and RJ Melendez all hit 30 homers, and the shortstop was very close to a 30-30 season. Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene were brilliant in the Detroit Tigers’ fans, Triston Casas and Jarren Duran were spectacular for the Boston Red Sox, and so on. There were many hitting prospects with marvelous performances in 2021, but none of them better than New York Yankees’ shortstop Anthony Volpe.

The Yankees’ top prospect was named MLB Pipeline’s 2021 Hitting Prospect of the Year after breaking out and reaching two levels: Low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley.

Baltimore Orioles’ righty Grayson Rodriguez is the Pitching Prospect of the Year.

The Yankees’ top prospect had a season to remember

Volpe, the Yankees’ first-round pick in 2019, hit .294/.423/.604 with 27 home runs, 33 stolen bases, a 1.027 OPS and 170 wRC+. He hit a whopping 68 extra-base hits between the two levels.

The Yankees’ coaches and minor league managers are thoroughly impressed with his progress this year.

“He stays on the ball for a really long time, but his attacking ability is great,” said Hudson Valley manager Dan Fiorito to MLB.com. ”He finds a way to get the ball in the air and drive line drives to all fields. He has a great ability to keep the ball off the ground.”

His swing has earned him high praise around the organization.

“Honestly, it feels natural,” the player said. “I never consciously thought to have more launch angle or stuff like that. I just feel like I can get to a lot more pitches, and when I’m hitting the ball hard — and I’ve been hitting the ball a lot harder — those balls that probably would have been doubles or singles in years past, a couple of those are going over the fence now.”

The Yankees hope he can be ready to take over shortstop for the big league club at some point in 2022 or 2023.

Yankees could pass on crazy shortstop market in favor of star prospect

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Despite giving Gleyber Torres plenty of opportunities to lock down the shortstop position, the New York Yankees have finally come to the conclusion that he can no longer be their long-term option. Torres, who started out as a second baseman and transitioned to shortstop, has struggled mightily this year, posting a .962 fielding percentage. With a league average .982 percentage at SS, the 24-year-old infielder will head back to second base, shifting DJ LeMahieu to third base and Gio Urshela to SS.

With that being the case, the Yankees are preparing for the likelihood they will be active in the free-agent market, trying to fill the spot. There will be multiple big names available, including Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, and Trevor Story. These are four options that would immediately upgrade the spot, providing solid defense and adequate offensive production.

Lately, Correa has been linked as a potential option for the Bombers, and considering the season he’s having, he would be a phenomenal addition. Over 137 games this year, Correa has 24 homers, 85 RBIs, and is hitting .280. Correa could avoid the Yankees given their complicated history, but there is an alternate route the Bombers could take that would avoid paying big money to another free agent.

With Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton both on $300+ million contracts, general manager Brian Cashman might not have the authorization to hand out another behemoth deal. In that scenario, they could look to star prospect Anthony Volpe, who’s having a fantastic season with the A+ Hudson Valley Renegades.

Waiting for him to be ready could be a necessity, as he’s currently hitting .286 with 15 homers and 37 RBIs over 20 games. He’s absolutely destroying offensively, turning into a legitimate slugger.

If the Yankees are willing to fill the SS spot in the short term while they wait for him to reach the MLB level, it could be a positive move. They could cement Urshela at the position and LeMahieu at third base, which would cover them defensively. That would indicate an extension for Anthony Rizzo at first base and Torres taking over the second base spot full-time. Eventually, they can move Gio back to the hot corner, LeMahieu to first base, and Volpe at shortstop.

Nonetheless, management has a difficult decision to make at one of the most critical positions in the infield, but knowing the Yankees, they will be looking to splash the cash before they wait for a prospect.

New York Yankees: Anthony Volpe overtakes Jasson Dominguez as #1 prospect (video)

If we know anything about New York Yankees, baseball it’s that everything is subject to change, including having a troubling questionable season to winning 13 consecutive games then going on a losing streak. But change is not limited to the big team. Things can change ever more quickly in the minors as well. So although sensation Jasson Dominguez has been the Yankees’ number one prospect for a couple of years, that may no longer be true.

Making a new for himself, Anthony Volpe has been winning for the Hudson Valley Renegades. Last year I wrote: In a really messed up spring training caused by the coronavirus, Anthony Volpe got a taste of playing with the big guys.  When a minor leaguer tested positive for the virus, all the minor leaguers were tested.

The 18-year-old passed up on a scholarship to Vanderbilt and signed with the New York Yankees.  Last season (2019), he slashed a .215/.341/.704 line.  But for the month before his season was shortened by mono, he hit .318. Volpe got to play in one game at Gorge M. Steinbrenner Field that spring.  Disappointed by the sudden shutdown of camp, he returned to his home in New Jersey when the minor league quarantine was lifted. There was no minor league season in 2020.

This year he started with the Tampa Tarpons 302/.455/.623 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs across 54 games. Playing so well and with the minor league re-alignment, Volpe found himself playing for the Renegades up the river from Yankee Stadium. Since there, he is challenging the Yankees to bring him up and by-pass triple-A play.

Volpe is an excellent defender at short and turning heads with hit hitting. In 43 games with the Renegades, he is hitting .286 with 12 home runs. That is an average homer in every 3.5 games. He also has 31 RBIs. As a result, MLB Pipeline’s mid-season review has named the now 20-year-old shortstop as the New York Yankees’ top prospect, overtaking outfielder Jasson Dominguez.

Born across the river from Yankee Stadium in New Jersey, the 16-year-old Volpe attended Delbarton School in Morristown. As a senior at Delbarton, he hit .488 with 7 home runs, 17 stolen bases, and 34 RBIs. He was named New Jersey High School player of the year in 2019. Upon graduation, he committed to playing college ball with Vanderbilt University. But he was selected in the first round of the 2019 draft by the New York Yankees.

It seems like there is no stopping the young shortstop. Where he is headed nobody knows for sure, but he is longed for the major leagues and maybe sooner than later. On August 19th, the Renegades were losing the game. Volpe in the ninth came to the plate and hit a walk-off home run to win the game for the Renegades 7-6. This past Sunday, Volpe created some perplexing excitement when he homered. He ran the bases and was immediately thrown out of the game upon reaching home plate. Apparently, he said something to the umpire as he passed third base. Apparently, Volpe feels any news is good news.

Whenever a player plays great in the minors, there is no way to know for sure how that will translate in the majors, but you can be sure the Yankees will be watching.

 

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Yankees to start 10-day road trip

The New York Yankees start a 10-day road trip today after going 9-1 in their last ten games. They have won series after series and are most recently off a series win over the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees are the winningest team in baseball after going 26-8 since July 17th.

This will be a tough road trip for the Yankees; first, they face two excellent pitchers for the Atlanta Braves during a short two-game series. Tonight Jordan Montgomery starts against Huascar Ynoa. Tuesday night’s game will pit Andrew Heaney against Yankee killer Charlie Morton. After the Braves series, they will play three games with the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels before returning to Yankee Stadium and a series with the Baltimore Orioles.

Luis Severino to get checked out again

Luis Severino’s long-awaited return to the Yankees may have to be put on hold again as pitching this season seems less and less likely. Manager Boone has let be known that Luis Severino will reportedly fly across the country to California this week to get an in-person examination from Dr. Neal ElAttrache who is an Orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Cedar Sinai Hospital. He is also Team Physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers. For Severino, this will be a second opinion.

Severino has been out from the Yankees since his Tommy John surgery at the beginning of 2019, not allow him to play at all in 2019 and 2020. Since then, he has been struggling to get back with the Yankees. GM Brian Cashman recently said he expected Severino back with the team by September 1st. But that went down the drain when he strained his groin in a rehab assignment in June. Then, last week he pulled himself from a rehab game due to shoulder tightness. He had an MRI that showed no structural damage, but whether he pitches again this season might be evident after this in-person check out at Cedar Sinai and a clean bill of health.

Anthony Volpe showing off

We all know that Yankee prospect Luis Gil has been showing off for the Yankees in his first few games pitched as a starter. But Gil is not the only Yankee prospect that is shining this season. Anthony Volpe that grew up idolizing shortstop Derek Jeter is making a name for himself with the Hudson Valley Renegades; he has an OPS of over 1.000 to go along with 20 homers and 28 steals in the minors this year. That puts himself right up there with Jasson Dominguez as the Yankees’ number one prospect. Some of his success is due to his work during the 2020 season when there were no minor league games.

Rays Injury news good news for the Yankees

In baseball, you never want to see anyone on any team injured, but that fact remains a deterrent to one team and benefits another. The Rays have reported Right-hander Chris Archer lasted just two innings Sunday in his return from the IL. Archer left the game with hip soreness. He will be checked out by doctors as the Rays are concerned he may have more hip trouble. Although the Rays are in first place they have had pitching concerns ever since ace Tyler Glasnow need Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season.

On top of that, Yankee killer Ji-Man Choi left Sunday’s game with left hamstring tightness. According to Ray’s manager Kevin Cash when he hit a double and getting to second base, it grabbed him and continued to tighten up. Choi was hitting .250 this season with nine home runs in 64 games. Add to that the recently obtained Nelson Cruz has landed on the Covid-19 list. These are critical problems for the Rays as they try to protect their 4.5 game lead ahead of the Yankees.

Yankees latest injury updates

A pitch hit Gardner’s right elbow and forced him out of the game in the Yankees’ 10-2 win over the Twins on Friday night. On Saturday, he was still out of the lineup. Manager Boone has said that he doesn’t feel it’s too serious and will not be put on the IL. Instead, he will travel with the team on their road trip and likely see action on the west coast.

The Yankees star player Gio Urshela is advancing in his rehab. Yesterday with the Somerset Patriots, he went 3 for 4 with a double and scoring a run. He looked good in rehab from a hamstring injury. A date for his return to the team has not been announced.

Gleyber Torres is advancing in his rehab from an injured thumb caused by a bad slide into second base. On Friday, he took dry swings and did some infield work. No timeline has been given for his return either.

Yankees wild card stock is rising

The New York Yankees have won 9 games in a row and their tenth series in a row, being the best performing team in baseball. They have gone from nearly 10 games behind in the AL East to just 4.5 games behind the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays. From July 17th to the present, they have a 26-8 record. During the span, the Yankees have gone from 3 1/2 out of the second wild-card slot to 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox for the first wild card spot.

Donaldson making an ass out of himself

The New York Post reports that New York Porch Sport, the Donaldson, has blasted the New York Yankees and ace Gerrit Cole. Apparently, he was embarrassed by his play against Cole in the Minnesota Twins series. Earlier in the year, he accused Cole of using sticky stuff. Now he made this statement:

“Yeah of course he’s still using that stuff,” Donaldson said of Cole. “I know my capabilities. The only way to make me look so feeble at the plate is to have a bit of extracurricular help. I’m sending my findings to Manfred soon.”

More playing time has paid off for Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade has always been a useful utility player for the Yankees for the past few years. But with injuries to both Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres, Wade has finally played enough game to show what he is worth to the Yankees. And that is just not his excellent defense in the field, but now playing more games, he has shown that he can hit also. He has raised his batting average from below .200 to .278. He has 15 hits and 4 extra-base hits during August. Saturday against the Twins, Wade started in left field, giving a day of rest to Joey Gallo. He went 2 for 4, one a double, and one RBI. Wade has been one of the best Yankee hitters in this month, going .500 since August 3rd.

Impressive shortstop is now the Yankees’ top prospect and celebrates with a bang

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The New York Yankees have managed to build a deep farm without sacrificing major league success, which s something unusual and incredibly hard to do. The system doesn’t have an Adley Rutschman or a Bobby Witt Jr., but its depth was on full display at the trade deadline, when they were able to bring Joey Gallo, Clay Holmes, Joely Rodriguez, Andrew Heaney, and Anthony Rizzo without giving away their top five guys.

Yankees’ draftee Anthony Volpe, taken with the team’s first-round selection in 2019, wasn’t precisely viewed as a star back then, but has fully blossomed into a bonafide stud and has broken out with impressive power at the lower minor league levels in 2021.

The 20-year-old Volpe moved to the top of the Yankees’ prospect rankings in MLB Pipeline’s latest update. Yes, that’s right: he has overtaken hulking outfielder Jasson Dominguez, fellow shortstop Oswald Peraza, and pitchers Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Luis Medina, and Clarke Schmidt.

A night to remember for the Yankees’ young stud

The Yankees’ new number one prospect went off on Thusday night, going 3-for-4 with a walk-off 2-run home run against the Cyclones to celebrate his new ranking. He single-handedly carried the Hudson Valley Renegades to a 7-6 victory. He also had a triple, a walk, and three runs scored.

Volpe started the 2021 season as the number 11 prospect in the Yankees’ system. He was viewed as a projectable bat, but truth be told, very few people forecasted this type of power from him.

For the season, Volpe is slashing .305/.438/.619 with 20 home runs, 71 RBIs and 27 stolen bases, for Low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley.

Dominguez fell to second, Peraza is now third. Gil, who has been impressing in the major leagues, is fourth, and Schmidth is fifth.

Per MLB Pipeline, Volpe (No. 15), Dominguez (No. 17) and Peraza (No. 64) are all in the Top 100 prospects list.

Two Yankees shortstops are shining in minor league ball

The New York Yankees have Gleyber Torres, who is still considered as part of the team future despite his struggles this year, and rightfully so. However, they do have a couple of exciting names in the position down the farm that could make things very interesting in a year or two.

By now, every Yankees fan who follows the team’s minor league affiliates is familiarized with Oswald Peraza. The young infielder received some fantastic piece of news on Monday, as the organization promoted him from High-A to Double-A Somerset.

The jump in skill level is considerable given that Double-A is, together with Triple-A, considered the ‘high minors’. But the Yankees feel that Peraza has made enough strides offensively to handle it like a pro.

Peraza has been so good in High-A that Baseball America recently included him in its updated list of top 100 prospects in MLB. In 28 games at the category, Peraza hit .306 with 16 stolen bases and five homers. The power is a nice surprise, as he was always viewed as a glove-first infielder.

Peraza’s overall line in High-A, the one that has the Yankees dreaming, was .306/.386/.532, with 20 runs, 34 hits, 10 doubles, five dingers, 16 RBI, 16 steals, 12 walks y 24 strikeouts.

Anthony Volpe is also impressing in the Yankees farm

Another top name making a huge impression in 2021 is Anthony Volpe. A former first-round pick by the Yankees, the shortstop is finally justifying such a high selection with excellent play in Low-A.

Volpe was selected in MLB’s Prospect Team of the Week as the shortstop, after hitting .435/.519/1.000 in six games.

Volpe scored six runs last week, with two doubles, a triple, and three home runs. He also stole three bags.

Overall, he is hitting .278/.400/.539 with a 24/23 K/BB ratio through 27 games. He is still very, very far from making an impact in the Major Leagues, but it’s nice to see progress.