It’s not time to panic for Anthony Volpe.
The possible shortstop of the future doesn’t yet have minor league stats that scream he should be the shortstop of the present for the Yankees. Like so many hitters among the minors and majors, many of whom play in colder climes, Volpe got off to a slow start with Double-A Somerset and came on Friday 6 for 39 (.154) in his first 10 games of the season.
On the back of his baseball card are “at least” three discs that died on the warning track, Somerset manager Dan Fiorito said.
“His first game there, he threw four balls,” Fiorito said by phone before his Patriots played at Hartford (a Rockies affiliate) on Friday. “You can see the talent every night he takes the field – just the bats he puts up.”
Volpe, a native of Watchung, NJ, and a graduate of Delbarton High School, had hit two of his previous three games, although he also struck out six during that span. He re-enacted an excellent all-around match on Wednesday.
“His last game was a snapshot of a player’s dynamic,” Fiorito said. “A first home run, worked two walks, great play in the [shortstop] hole and stole a base. He can impact the game in so many different ways, and he’s fun to watch. »
There will be a blinding spotlight on the shortstop, who won’t turn 21 until Thursday, after the Yankees opted out of signing one of the available free agent stars (Carlos Correa, Corey Seager , Marcus Semien, Javier Baez and Trevor Story), to a long-term pact. They traded for Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who is seen as a short-term answer, to leave the position open to Volpe or prospect a level above him, Oswald Peraza.
Peraza also got off to a slow start. He was hitting .180 with a home run in his first 10 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
If the Yankees continue to struggle at home plate over the next few weeks or months, one might wonder when their future — either Peraza (who is on the 40-man roster) or Volpe — will stand a chance.
Either young shortstop could be forgiven if ever expectations overwhelm them and affect their performance. That shouldn’t be a problem for Volpe, who Fiorito says is hosting the scene and pairing a “plus” glove with a bat that ran through the Yankees system last season. He posted a .423 on-base percentage and hit 27 home runs in 109 games between Class A Tampa and Upper Hudson Valley.
“He accepts it,” Fiorito said of the 30th overall pick in 2019. “But I think what’s special about him is how mature he is for someone who only has Age 20. He understands the process and uses it to improve himself every day, and that’s what he’s doing right now.
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