All-superstar journey for Yankees' Anthony Volpe comes full circle - big apple post

los angeles — As a diehard Yankees fan who idolized Derek Jeter while growing to be up in new york and New Jersey, Anthony Volpe traveled to Minneapolis in 2014 for the corridor of fame shortstop's closing All-big name game.

blanketed in that commute changed into staring at the Futures online game, two days earlier than the primary leaguers took the stage at target box.

Eight years later, Volpe turned into at the Futures game once more — this time batting cleanup and enjoying shortstop for the AL group at Dodger Stadium.

"It's now not too frequently you get to play against the better of the most useful, so I'm truly excited," Volpe stated before going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. "thus far it's been loopy. It's some thing I'll be aware for the rest of my existence."

For the 21-year-historic Volpe, the No. eight prospect in baseball per, the event changed into the entire more special because he become able to characterize (together with outfielder Jasson Dominguez and pitcher Ken Waldichuk) the group he grew up rooting for.

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"It's a major honor to be representing the Yankees — in everything we do — but simply to be right here with JD and Ken, it's a brilliant fantastic honor," Volpe talked about.

The other aspect of being a good prospect, of route, is being included in trade rumors for high gamers, principally as part of a global series-contending company such as the Yankees. while the information that Nationals celeb Juan Soto may well be dealt earlier than the Aug. 2 exchange cut-off date introduced Volpe's name into any talents Yankees deal, he changed into now not thinking about that chance.

"It's tremendous out of my control," Volpe referred to. "I'm here in L.A. with one of the most ideal minor leaguers within the video game. … It's simply a pretty good, once-in-a-lifetime probability that if i was spending any brainpower thinking about like that, it would be disposing of from how lots enjoyable I'm having."

Volpe begun the season off sluggish at Double-A Somerset, hitting .one hundred sixty five with four domestic runs and a .607 OPS via his first 29 games. however over his ultimate forty eight video games, he's hitting .303 with eight home runs and a .933 OPS. standard this year, he is batting .253 with a .812 OPS while going 35-for-39 in stolen bases.

That comes after an offseason through which the Yankees did not signal any of the true shortstops on the free-agent market — in part because of Volpe and Triple-A shortstop Oswald Peraza, the Yankees' No. 2 prospect at the back of Volpe. each have been mentioned with the aid of Hal Steinbrenner in spring training when explaining the club's non-pursuit of stars like Carlos Correa, Corey Seager and Trevor Story.

"That's definitely exquisite to hear from a person like that," Volpe pointed out. "however on the end of the day, I think like I actually have a long approach to move. here is absolutely a very good step in my profession, but there's nevertheless a lot of work to be accomplished. Even when I optimistically get there at some point, there's nonetheless much more work to be carried out to be the participant I wish to be and hopefully win lots of World sequence."

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