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New York Yankees shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe just received some pretty exciting news: he was named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year in the organization, with everything that comes with.
“Congratulations to Anthony Volpe on being named @BaseballAmerica‘s Yankees 2022 Minor League Player of the Year!” the Somerset Patriots tweeted.
— Somerset Patriots (@SOMPatriots) September 22, 2022
The Patriots are the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate, where Volpe shined all year long.
A Season Filled With Great Numbers And Growth
With them, he slashed .251/.348/.472 with 18 home runs and 44 stolen bases, earning himself a promotion to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
There, in Triple-A, Volpe is currently finding much tougher opposition: in 15 games, he is hitting .234/.300/.375 with two long-balls and four thefts.
He is, however, striking out 32.9 percent of the time in Triple-A after doing it at a much better 17.7 percent clip on Somerset.
Volpe, however, also struggled in Double-A right out of the gate.
He made adjustments and completely dominated the level after that.
If he shows, by the summer of 2023, that he can implement those adjustments in Triple-A and dominate the level, he could be a realistic option for the Yankees by then.
He is widely viewed as the Bombers’ shortstop of the future, and has the tools, the performance, and the future potential to be among the best infielders in the American League for years to come.