impossible to see Anthony Volpe Play baseball – or engage in conversation with him, for that matter – and don’t come back impressed. He is talented, dynamic and charming.
For these reasons, the clamor from fans for Volpe to break camp with the team is understandable. For now, though, any movement on that front is out YankeesAnd not a topic that is seriously discussed in the organization.
According to sources, the Yankees have not yet reached the point in their spring training meetings in which the shortstop position has been discussed extensively. when the owner hal steinbrenner or manager Aaron Boone asked by a reporter, he has responded, but the front office and coaching staff have not initiated discussions about Volpe and Oswald Peraza,
There is a fairly broad consensus among scouts covering the Yankees’ system that Peraza’s shortstop tools are one tick better. The Yankees themselves feel that both Peraza and Volpe project as major-league shortstops, and there is no need for the club to announce the future of one or the other at the position.
As far as making the Opening Day roster goes, Peraza over Volpe makes logical sense, as he has more experience in Triple-A and the big leagues, and even started a playoff game last year. did.
If Volpe has become a popular choice among fans, it is probably because of his electric style of play and engaging personality. The Yankees believe they have the proverbial “good problem to have” with their two top shortstop prospects. Both players will be considered once it comes time to discuss rosters with the team’s scouts, front office and coaching staff.
As always, Vice President of Baseball Operations Tim Nahring – “My Jean Michael,” as GM Brian Cashman Likes to call him, a reference to the great appraiser and former Yankees GM – will have an important voice in the appraisal, as will others.
But if anyone is getting the feeling that the process is leaning towards Volpe, pump the brakes. The Yankees haven’t even had that meeting.