After the New York Yankees drafted Delbarton High School (NJ) product Anthony Volpe with the 30th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, he did not exactly light it up with the Pulaski Yankees in rookie ball that season.
The 20-year-old hit .215 with two homer runs, 11 RBI, and posted a slash line of .349/.355/.704 in 121 at-bats in 34 games.
Volpe’s poor numbers can be contributed to a bout with mononucleosis, an infectious disease that is usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. It can leave a person feeling extremely lethargic, and could last for several months.
Sure, Volpe was expected to recover in time for the 2020 season, but then came the cancellation of 2020 minor baseball campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, the shortstop had to wait another season to vindicate himself.
Now, Volpe is off to a solid start this year with the Low-A Tampa Tarpons, batting .278 with five dingers, 26 RBI, and a slash line of .400/.539/.939 in 115 at-bats in 27 contests. That is a significant improvement over his 2019 numbers.
With that, the Yankees think highly enough of Volpe to rank him as their No. 10 prospect in their minor league system, per MLB.com.
Morover, Volpe is worth eyeing this campaign and as he advances through New York’s system due to his advanced skill set and diligent worth ethic.
— Jerry Del Priore