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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Quiet finish to 2022

    Volpe hit just .229/.312/.361 with two home runs, five steals and an 8:30 BB:K over 22 games in Triple-A to close out the 2022 season. His results were far better in Double-A, where he hit .251/.348/.472 with 18 homers, 43 swipes (in 49 tries) and a 57:88 BB:K in 110 games. While that average doesn't look great, Volpe got bitten by some bad BABIP luck (just .272, well short of his norm), so that's nothing to worry about. Volpe is one of the game's top shortstop prospects and the Yankees currently have no one blocking him other than non-stars Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Oswald Peraza, so unless they pick someone up in the offseason, he should have a good chance to make his MLB debut next year. How soon that happens will depend on how quickly he adjusts in his second Triple-A go-round.
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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Bumped to Triple-A

    Volpe was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Oswald Peraza got the call to the majors Thursday, leaving shortstop vacant at the highest level of the Yankees' farm system. Volpe deserved the promotion, as he's maintained a 122 wRC+ with 18 homers and 44 steals across 492 plate appearances with Double-A Somerset for the season.
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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Swats walk-off homer in Double-A

    Volpe went 1-for-4 with a walk-off two-run home run, an additional run and an additional RBI in Double-A Somerset's extra-inning win over Hartford on Sunday. The 21-year-old's 10th-inning blast not only won the game for Somerset, it also clinched a spot in the Eastern League playoffs. The homer was the fourth in the past nine games for Volpe, who also has eight RBI and five stolen bases during that span. The prized prospect started off slowly with a .183 average through his first 38 games this season, but he's turned things around with a .314/.375/.569 slash line, five homers, 16 RBI and nine thefts over his past 25 contests.
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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Making strides at plate

    Volpe has hit safely in eight of his past nine games with Double-A Somerset and and is batting .316 (12-for-38) with five doubles, a home run, three RBI and two stolen bases over that span. Volpe started very slowly this season, hitting .181 through his first 37 games. He's upped that average to .210 with the recent hot streak, and the vaunted prospect has displayed plenty of speed throughout the campaign with 20 steals in 23 attempts. Volpe has also flashed some power with six homers and 11 doubles, and he remains the organization's top hitting prospect.
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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Heating up at plate

    Volpe went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a stolen base for Double-A Somerset on Sunday. Volpe has had a rough start to his first stint at the Double-A level, slashing .197/.316/.378 with a 24.5 percent strikeout rate through 155 plate appearances this season. However, he has been outstanding on the basepaths, notching 17 steals in 18 attempts. The 21-year-old has also been playing well of late, slashing .389/.500/.722 with a home run, three doubles, four RBI, four steals and a 4:3 BB:K during his current five-game hitting streak.
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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Swipes three bags in Double-A game

    Volpe went 0-for-2 with three walks and three stolen bases Friday in an Eastern League contest against Hartford. The Yankees' top prospect has largely struggled in his first taste of Double-A ball, slashing .146/.294/.341 with 16 strikeouts in 51 plate appearances. His considerable skills haven't been entirely invisible, however, as he has slugged two homers and notched five steals through 11 contests. Volpe broke through with 27 homers and 33 thefts across stints at Low-A and HIgh-A last season, but he has found the going much tougher so far at the Double-A level.
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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Ticketed for Double-A

    Yankees vice president of player development Kevin Reese said in January that he expects Volpe to open the season at Double-A Somerset, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Reese added that he thinks Volpe will "hopefully make an impact in the big leagues soon," perhaps hinting that a late-season promotion to the Yankees in 2022 shouldn't be dismissed if the shortstop continues to mash in the minors like he did between stops at Low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley in 2021. After an underwhelming professional debut at the rookie-ball level in 2019, Volpe looked like an entirely different player in his return to game action following the cancellation of the 2020 minor-league season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 513 plate appearances between the two Single-A affiliates, Volpe posted an 1.027 OPS, 27 home runs and 33 stolen bases while striking out at a manageable 19.7 percent clip. The 20-year-old will face a stiffer test against more advanced Double-A pitching, but the big leap he made in 2021 makes him the Yankees' top prospect entering the upcoming season, both in real-life and fantasy terms.
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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Mashing in High-A

    Volpe is hitting .305/.416/.588 with eight homers, seven steals, 22 RBI and 37 runs over 34 games with High-A Hudson Valley. After crushing Low-A to the tune of a 1.078 OPS, it's been more of the same in High-A, where he's sitting on a 1.004 OPS. All told, Volpe has now smashed 20 homers and stolen 28 bases in 88 minor-league games this season. His strikeout rate's up a bit and his walk rate's down a bit since the promotion, but both are still solid. Few prospects in the game have raised their stock as much as Volpe has this season, as the 20-year-old -- a 2019 first-round pick -- was considered a glove-first shortstop before this big breakout. The bat has clearly caught up, and then some.
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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Moves up to High-A

    Volpe was promoted to High-A Hudson Valley on Tuesday, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports. New York's first-round pick in 2019, Volpe has been very impressive in 54 games with Low-A Tampa to start 2021, showing off both a high-upside bat and a solid glove. The 20-year-old shortstop slashed .302/.455/.623 with 12 homers and 49 RBI across 257 plate appearances. Volpe will now move on to Hudson Valley, where he'll look to continue his ascent through the Yankees' system.
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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Red hot in Low-A ball

    Volpe is slashing .316/.444/.638 with 10 home runs, 45 RBI and 19 stolen bases for Low-A Tampa. The Yankees' first-round pick in the 2019 first-year player draft has flashed both power and speed in his first campaign in A-ball while also walking more times (38) than he has struck out (37). He was especially hot in June, slashing .392/.515/.848 with seven homers and eight steals. The 20-year-old is regarded as a solid defensive shortstop, so he could ascend quickly through the organization's minor-league system if he continues to dominate offensively.
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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Staying sharp at home during hiatus

    Volpe has been taking part in hitting and defensive drills at his home in New Jersey during MLB's hiatus, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports. Volpe, the Yankees' first-round draft choice last season, spent much of March in self-quarantine after two fellow minor leaguers tested positive for COVID-19 in spring camp. He has since taken to hitting into a net and lifting weights at his home, as well as working on his defensive mechanics with what he describes as "a ton of drills...that take up literally no space." The 19-year-old will look to bounce back from a difficult first season in rookie ball during which he batted .219 and came down with a bout of mononucleosis that ended his campaign early.
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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Gets first career spring at-bat

    Volpe grounded out as a pinch hitter in Sunday's Grapefruit League loss to Detroit. The Yankees' first-round pick in the 2019 draft entered for Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning and nearly collected a hit on a foul ball down the left-field line before grounding out to shortstop in his only at-bat. Volpe is 18 years old and hit .215 in rookie ball last year, so he is likely years away from being seriously considered for the big-league roster.
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  • Yankees' Anthony Volpe: Diagnosed with mononucleosis

    Volpe was sent to New Jersey to recover from a bout with mononucleosis, Jane Havsy of the Daily Record reports. Volpe has been sidelined since Aug. 11 and has no announced timeline for his return. The Yankees' 2019 first-round draft pick is slashing .215/.349/.355 with two home runs and six steals through 34 games in rookie ball this year.
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