Yankees observations from first series of 2023: Volpe runs wild, Cole and Brito excel, Judge and Stanton power
The New York Yankees wrapped up their first series of the 2023 season with a clean 6-0 win on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. For most of the series, the Yankees dominated, but the Giants were able to steal the second game on Saturday night.
With the Giants leading 7-5, Camilo Doval abruptly stopped a bases-loaded threat in the ninth inning by getting Giancarlo Stanton to ground into a double play to secure San Francisco’s only win of the series.
Aside from a few innings on Saturday, the Yankees looked great to open 2023. Here are my observations from the first series of the season:
Yankees Observations and Notes From Series Win vs San Francisco Giants
Anthony Volpe is running wild
Last season, the Yankees were one of MLB's worst base running teams. The Bombers' -5.5 FanGraphs Base Running (BsR) was 21st in the league, and their lack of speed and awareness on the bases plagued the team throughout the season.
Enter Anthony Volpe, the Yankees' No. 1 prospect, who stole 56 bases across Double-A and Triple-A in the minor leagues last season.
After drawing a disengagement from Logan Webb on Opening Day despite not taking a lead, Volpe got a great jump as Webb delivered to the plate, easily sliding head-first into second base for his first career steal.
In the next game, after registering his first major league hit, Volpe again stole second base, this time sliding head-first into the base without even drawing a throw.
Then, in the series finale, Volpe stole third base standing up without even drawing a throw. Per the YES Network broadcast, Volpe became the fifth player in MLB history to have a stolen base in each of his first three major league games.
While Volpe will likely go through his ups and downs at the plate and in the field, his base running will be a positive for the Yankees throughout his rookie season.