NYY prospect Volfi joins Opening Day roster as youngest since Jeter

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Will the Major League Baseball (MLB) New York Yankees fill the shortstop spot with a prospect?

Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced on the 27th (Korean time) that shortstop Anthony Volpi (21) was included in the roster for the 2023 season opener against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium in New York, USA on the 31st.

Volfi is a New York native who grew up as a Yankees fan, and is a promising prospect who is a “sacred virtue” and a “sacred goal” nominated by the Yankees in the first round of the 2019 rookie draft. He is as talented as he is from. He played in the minor leagues his last two years and quickly rose from Single-A to Triple-A teams. He appeared in 275 minor league games, posting a batting average of .262 with 50 home runs and 162 RBIs and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.881. MLB.com ranked Volpi 5th overall in the most recent prospect rankings. 

The pace is also good in spring camp. He has 16 hits in 51 at-bats with a batting average of 0.314, 3 homers, 5 RBIs, and 5 stolen bases with an OPS of 1.064, and has both contact and slugging power. Director Boone praised his performance in spring camp, saying, “Volfi kicked in the door himself.” Volfi said, “I’m so happy that I can’t express what I’ve been dreaming of since I was a child.”

Volfi will be 21 years and 336 days old on the opening day. He is the youngest on the Yankees Opening Day roster in 27 years since Yankees legendary shortstop Derek Jeter (21 years, 281 days old at the time) who played in the 1996 Opening Day.

If Volpi plays an active role in both the offense and defense, the Yankees can also aim for the presidency. The Yankees signed Aaron Judge to a nine-year, $360 million contract ahead of this season. They then acquired Carlos Rodon for six years and $162 million. The FA (free agent) caught the biggest fish and even reinforced the mound, but the infield is still uneasy. Glaber Torres has slugging power, but his defense is poor.토토사이트 Isaiah Cainer-Faleppa is a defensive shortstop with a 0.641 OPS. It is necessary to have the same offense and defense as Jeter in the past. First of all, Volpi’s defense received 50 points (league average level) in the defense category based on the MLB.com scouting report.

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