Yankees top prospect Anthony Volpy says he used the COVID season to disassemble and reconstruct the swing.


Tampa-There was a moment when I realized that Anthony Volpe had made a decision. The beginning of his professional baseball career was interrupted before he actually had the opportunity to move forward — first by mononucleosis and then by COVID. He was able to sit and take advantage of the fact that he had missed the formation of his career.

After training at the Yankees minor league mini-camp, Volpe said on Tuesday, “It was hard the moment we were all shut down and we weren’t really doing anything.” “They were definitely really, really hard days, at 7 o’clock, so I was sitting at the supper, so I wish I had stepped into the field.”

After agreeing to the situation, Volpe said he began to enjoy the opportunity to work on his game, including the coaching league.

“I (previously) didn’t have time to disassemble everything on my swing, and in that sense actually work mechanically and slow everything down,” Volpe said. “So all the work done with COVID really helped me build a foundation where I didn’t have to think too much about my swing or anything during the season. I was really happy about it. “

Volpe’s decision to dismantle the mechanic during the 2020 season, when there was no minor league, is what he points out as a key factor in his surge through the Yankees’ outlook rank. After hitting just .215 in the shortened first professional season of 2019, Volpe hit .294 in 2021 with 27 home runs. He also had 35 doubles, 6 triples, 86 RBIs and 33 stolen bases in 109 games with Low-A Tampa and High-Hudson Valley.

He overtakes young outfielder Jasson Dominguez, who had already made a comparison with Mickey Mantle, in the prospective rankings, taking into account how the Big League club will be assembled.When Gleyber Torres proves he’s not the Yankees’ future shortstop In the last two years, bombers have needed one this offseason. That Volpe — and his fellow shortstop candidate Oswald Peraza — is probably a year away from the Big League, so they’re taking into account plans to fill that hole.

“I don’t read much like that. But that’s cool, as I say. I and Oswald look better and feel like an opportunity is coming,” Volpe said. Mr. says. “We’ve been playing together for the last two years in spring training settings, etc. And you’ll see how hard he’s working, and how hard everyone is working. So it’s great to see the opportunity. “

Due to the lockout, the last two weeks have a chance to impress the type of front office. The big leaguer isn’t in the camp because the owner stopped the baseball business by declaring a lockout in December. The Yankees Minor League Mini Camp is the only professional baseball that their front office can currently see.

Volpe is expected to start with a Double A this season, said Kevin Reese, vice president of player development for the Yankees earlier this year. From there it may be a quick climb to the big league. That’s something that a 20-year-old from New Jersey doesn’t really think about.

“I think it’s pretty hard to think of just because I’m so happy to meet everyone again after last season, so I personally like that so far. It’s hard to think about … I’m very happy and happy with how everything is going now, “Volpe said.

“It depends on how I play. I’m really confident and confident in all the work this offseason and last year, so I hope something happens if I play well.” Volpe added.

And when he reaches the big league, he feels his ability to break his swing during 2020 will help him. Watching the Big Leaguer video with his father, Volpe took in some things that helped him and removed it to a swing that he could easily fall back. It certainly impressed the Yankees batter coach Dillon Lawson. Dillon Lawson was a minor league batter coordinator during Volpe’s first two years at the organization.

“It’s very consistent, and it plays against such a large number of pitchers, whether from the top, from the side, right-handed or left-handed,” Lawson said. “He can handle fastballs, only off-speed pitches and the consistency he plays. It’s not just a stilt, it has a high ceiling with it. And he’s always very high. I’m playing at the level. “

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