Card: 2020 Bowman #BD-178
Anthony Michael Volpe (born April 28, 2001 in Watchung, NJ) is a professional baseball shortstop and third baseman in the New York Yankees organization. Anthony was the first-round pick of the Yankees in the 2019 amateur draft, with the 30th overall pick. He was very much a local boy, having grown up a Yankees fan in Manhattan and later in the New Jersey suburbs, with Derek Jeter his hero.
A shortstop, he was considered likely to be a tough sign because of a commitment to Vanderbilt University, but being selected by his favorite team changed his outlook and he signed quickly inking a deal on June 10th for a reported bonus of $2.7 million. The fact that he was considered a tough sign made him drop far enough for the Yankees to take him, as on pure talent he would have gone a lot higher; even after being drafted by the Yanks, he said that foregoing college was "the hardest decision of his life".
In addition to his playing in high school, Volpe was a member of the United States junior national team that took part in the Pan-American championships in December 2018. He hit .459 with 17 runs and 14 RBIs in 9 games in that tournament.
Volpe began his pro career with the Pulaski Yankees of the Appalachian League, where he hit .215/.349/.355 in 34 games in 2019. After having to sit out the 2020 season because the minor leagues were shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic, he split 2021 between the Tampa Tarpons of the Low-A Southeast and the Hudson Valley Renegades of the High-A East, playing 54 games at the first stop and 55 at the second. His production was very similar at both levels and his combined batting line was .294/.423/.604 with 27 homers and 86 RBIs, giving the Yankees more evidence that they had a future star on their hands.
He was named to the American League team for the 2022 Futures Game. He spent most of that season in AA with the Somerset Patriots of the Eastern League, hitting .251 in 110 games, with 31 doubles, 18 homers and 60 RBIs, then received a late-season promotion to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. On September 8th, he hit his first two homers at the level in the same game. After the 2022 season, Anthony was rated by MLB.com as the #5 prospect in all MLB.
In 2023, Anthony started the season as the Yankee shortstop and had a successful rookie campaign - appearing in 159 games, hitting 21 HR and knocking in 60 runs while playing stellar defense. His defense earned him an AL Gold Glove. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Volpe is the first rookie in Yankees history to win a Gold Glove Award, thanks to a debut season in which he accumulated 15 defensive runs saved. He’s also the second rookie shortstop to win the Gold Glove Award, joining the Astros’ Jeremy Peña (2022). At 22 years and 156 days old on the final day of the regular season, Volpe became the youngest shortstop to win the honor, surpassing Alan Trammell in 1980 (22 years, 228 days). He is also the second Yankees shortstop to win it, joining Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, who won five (2004-06, 2009-10).
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