The No. 1 prospect in the New York Yankees organization has been fairly accessible this offseason. From a dinner in Brooklyn a few weeks ago that featured manager Aaron Boone to an appearance on David Cone’s “Toeing the Slab” podcast on the Jomboy Media network, Anthony Volpe’s presence is growing.
What a guy! This is a 20-year-old we’re talking about who clearly isn’t afraid of putting himself out there, which is a great sign if the Yankees truly hope he’s their shortstop of the future.
Speaking of which … that exact topic of conversation was broached on the podcast Tuesday. And those of who you are on board with the Yankees signing either Trevor Story or Carlos Correa to long-term deals, please look away. If general manager Brian Cashman watches this clip, he’ll be even more in love with the former first-round pick.
Nonetheless, it’s a promising development because it’s a step in the right direction for Volpe handling the spotlight, especially in New York.
Co-host Justin Shackil asked Volpe how he felt about the debate in regard to the Yankees signing a stopgap option at shortstop because the organization seemingly believes in his ability to rise through the ranks quickly and hit the MLB level soon.
Though Volpe prefers to remain in the present, he’s giddy at the idea of winning multiple World Series with the Yankees, the team he grew up rooting for.
Anthony Volpe’s poise with the media shows he’s built for the Yankees.
That’s a 42-second answer for the folks counting at home (and you can listen/watch the full interview here). Substantial, insightful and direct. What more can you ask for from a kid who’s supposed to be a junior in college? Care to wonder how you’d respond to such a question at that age? I really don’t.
In 109 games between Single-A and High-A, Volpe hit .294 with a 1.027 OPS. He scored 113 runs, belted 27 homers, drove in 86 runs, and stole 33 bags … all the while playing sterling defense at shortstop. That’s what we call a five-tool player, and that’s why the Yankees are so high on him.
Throw in an ability to handle tough questions from the media or well-known sports personalities, and you can at least understand why Cashman and the front office may pass on the remaining high-profile shortstop options and wait for their guy.
Volpe’s got a long way to go, and he knows that since he alluded to his “short-term goals.” He still has to crack Double-A and make an impression there. Maybe he ascends faster than we could’ve ever imagined, but it’s hardly guaranteed given the grueling process and how difficult it is to be refined in all areas at such a young age to crack the big leagues.
At least fans can take solace in the fact he’s up for the challenge and envisions himself getting this team back on top of the baseball world.