Anthony Volpe

21-Year-Old ShortstopSS
New York Yankees AAA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Volpe's season line (.246/.341/.450) was fine, but he got off to a pretty rough start at Double-A, whether due to an adjustment to the pitching, the cooler spring weather in the Eastern League, or just random variance. From June 10 on, he hit .268/.360/.492 with 14 home runs, 29 steals (on 32 attempts), a 17.7 K% and an 11.4 BB% -- numbers much more in line with preseason expectations. Volpe has always been a hit-over-power prospect whose minor-league steals totals have exceeded his speed grades from scouts (generally considered a 55-grade runner). Considering Isiah Kiner-Falefa (26 SB attempts) and Gleyber Torres (15 SB attempts) had the green light, Volpe should get the same, but it would still be unwise to expect him to approach the 41.5 steals he averaged over the past two years in the minors. Slow starts aside, Volpe's AVG declined steadily as he climbed the ranks (.302 at Single-A, .286 at High-A, .251 at Double-A, .236 at Triple-A). He only got 99 plate appearances at Triple-A to close the year, posting a career-worst 30.3 K%. That said, he was 21 and won't turn 22 until late-April. The Yankees are keeping the middle infield clear for some combination of Torres, Oswald Peraza and Volpe, and Volpe is the least ready of that trio, so it shouldn't be assumed that he will be given the job early in 2023. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a $2.74 million contract with the Yankees in June of 2019.
Support within organization
SSNew York Yankees  AAA
March 24, 2023
Volpe has been receiving support from "high-level voices" within the Yankees in his bid to make the Opening Day roster, Brendan Kuty of The Athletic reports.
Manager Aaron Boone allowed his players to "pound the table" for their favorite shortstop candidate earlier this week, per Bryan Hoch of, and it sounds like multiple veterans have Volpe's back. The 21-year-old was considered a long shot to make the team coming into camp, but he's put himself neck and neck with Oswald Peraza by slashing .279/.404/.535 with two homers and five steals in 15 Grapefruit League games. Volpe is leading off for the Yankees again in their split-squad game against the Twins on Friday.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
While Volpe went from unranked prospect to one of the top statistical performers in the minors in 2021, his hard-hit data and strong plate skills make it easier to fully buy into his out-of-nowhere production. The 20-year-old from New Jersey is not without pedigree, Volpe was the No. 30 overall pick in 2019. However, he logged just a .704 OPS in 34 games in the Appalachian League after signing and was then out of sight and out of mind for the 2020 season. His 19.7 K% and 15.2 BB% were very strong marks for an age-appropriate hitter at Low-A and High-A. He also logged hard-hit rates that would be more in line with a corner outfielder at Triple-A, rather than a middle infielder in the lower levels. Adding to the fantasy appeal, Volpe stole 33 bases in 42 tries, making the most of his .423 OBP and above-average speed. He excels at working the count and getting something he can drive, as evidenced by groundball rates below 30% at both stops. It's unclear if he'll end up at shortstop or if he will man the keystone, but the hope is that his bat will be good enough to profile at any position and deserve placement in one of the top three spots of a big-league lineup. He will likely spend all of 2022 at Double-A and Triple-A.
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Could make Opening Day roster
SSNew York Yankees  AAA
March 17, 2023
Volpe may be the favorite to make the Opening Day roster as the Yankees' starting shortstop, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
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Making waves in camp
SSNew York Yankees  AAA
March 5, 2023
Yankees manager Aaron Boone indicated Saturday that Volpe has a chance to break camp with the Yankees, Greg Joyce of the New York Post reports.
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Starting at second base Monday
SSNew York Yankees  AAA
February 27, 2023
Volpe is hitting fifth and playing second base in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
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Receives invite to MLB camp
SSNew York Yankees  AAA
February 7, 2023
Volpe received an invitation Tuesday to the major-league side of the Yankees' camp.
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Quiet finish to 2022
SSNew York Yankees  AAA
October 13, 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.
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