A star is born: New York Yankees call Anthony Volpe up to the major leagues after bursting onto the scene in Spring Training… and team post video of heartwarming moment 21-year-old was told the good news
The New York Yankees‘ top prospect Anthony Volpe has been rewarded for his impressive breakout Spring Training performances with a one-way ticket straight to the major leagues.
Volpe was told on Sunday that he was to be included on the roster for the Yankees’ Opening Day game against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, with the team later posting a brilliant video of the moment the 21-year-old was told the news.
Sitting down with manager Aaron Boone and GM Brian Cashman in Florida on Sunday, the nervous-looking shortstop is initially tricked into the ‘difficult conversation’, before Boone reveals he wants him in the big leagues.
The pair share a handshake and an embrace, before Volpe admits: ‘Yo, my heart is beating.’
Volpe will head to New York with his teammates on Wednesday and be in the starting lineup 24 hours later as the Yankees start a season in which they will hope to go all the way to the World Series.
Anthony Volpe initially looked concerned when he was told he needed to have a tough chat
But Aaron Boone soon broke the news that he was being called up to the major leagues
This spring, the young prospect batted .314/.417/.647 with three home runs and 10 extra-base hits in 17 games.
According to ESPN, Volpe is the No. 3 overall prospect in Major League Baseball, behind the Orioles’ Gunnar Henderson and the Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll.
He joined the Yankees in 2020 straight out of high school in New Jersey, and was the 30th overall pick in the 2019 Draft.
In 275 minor league games, culminating with a spell in AAA, he hit .263/.376, .505 with 50 home runs and 89 stolen bases.
His speed between the bases is likely to have been one of the reasons Boone and Cashman made the decision to call him up, given the change in base size ahead of the 2023 season.
Volpe will be the Yankees’ youngest shortstop since Derek Jeter in 1995, and only the second homegrown shortstop – alongside Gleyber Torres – since Jeter called it a day in 2014.
Volpe has been a breakout star during the Yankees’ Spring Training camp in Florida
Volpe was drafted by the Yankees straight out of his New Jersey high school in 2020
Volpe was seen clutching his heart and laughing as he received a huge from manager Boone