Anthony Volpe of Watchung climbs the ranks in the Yankees organization | Echos-Sentinel Sports

WATCHUNG – Being compared to Derek Jeter can feel overwhelming for a 20-year-old baseball player.

In any case, this is the reality for Anthony Volpe, native of Watchung and former standout of the Delbarton school.

The 2019 New York Yankees first-rounder continues to climb the ranks in hopes of being called up to the Bronx. And with New York needing a splash at shortstop, there are whispers of the youngster filling the void.

Volpe received a ton of hype – and rightly so. He had a stellar year in 2021, starting with the Low-A Tampa Tarpons before moving to the High-A Hudson Valley Renegades. After overcoming some early struggles, the minor leaguer has started to find his groove and some believe he could move on to the Yankees’ Double A team – the Somerset Patriots in Bridgewater.

Yankees manager Aaroon Boone recently called Volpe “a special guy who the Yankees organization is incredibly excited about.”

Those are powerful words when the Yankees can go after great free agents, like Carlos Correa.

Boone has seen Volpe at many events over the past few months and he’s been impressed with the 20-year-old.

As for Volpe, the player humbly speaking wants to control what he can in the short term. He has a lot of long term goals with the organization.

After all, the Yankees were the team Volpe was rooted for as a child. With all the hype surrounding him now, it will be interesting to see how quickly he gets called up to the majors.

“Whether it happens this year, next year, anytime, I really like staying in the present and working every day to become that player who one day wins multiple World Series with the Yankees,” Volpe said. on “Toeing the Slab” by David Cone. ” Podcast. “It’s the long-term goal. I have a lot of short-term goals that I can control. Wherever the chips fall, they fall.

Volpe said he started seeing the fastball well last year, which has forced pitchers to adapt.

“A lot of guys started introducing me differently,” he said on the podcast. “Right now I’m working on things with my swing. If I stay on top of the things I feel I need to stay on top of, the rest will take care of itself.

There have been tough decisions for Volpe along the way. He could have gone the college route, like Delbarton’s former teammate and friend Jack Leiter, Al Leiter’s son. The Texas Rangers selected Jack Leiter with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft after his time at Vanderbilt University.

One thing is certain: Volpe turns heads and attracts attention. It looks like the Yankees organization has found a winner.

Aubrey L. Morgan