WATCH: Yankees top pick Anthony Volpe secures first hit in the majors ahead of Giants’ Alex Cobb
New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe recorded his first big league hit on Saturday when he scored a two-strike, two-out single down the left against San Francisco Giants right-hander Alex Cobb (GameTracker ), started. Then he collected his second stolen career base. Volpe walked as part of his debut on Thursday and stole his first base.
Take a look at Volpe’s first knock in all its moving visual glory:
According to Statcast, Volpe’s single had an exit speed of 78.6 mph and a launch angle of 13 degrees.
Volpe, 21, won the Yankees’ starting shortstop job (beating fellow junior Oswald Peraza and veteran Isiah Kiner-Falefa) with a strong performance in the spring. Before he was named the New York starter in the six, CBS Sports ranked him the 12th best candidate in the minors. We wrote the following at the time:
Volpe enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2021, hitting 27 home runs after adding muscle to his physique. He didn’t match that feat last season — struggling downright during a 22-game introduction to Triple-A and striking 30 percent of the time — delaying his debut until sometime next summer. Volpe is still considered an above-average hitter who can contribute in each of the slash categories. Defensively, he still needs to prove that he can make all plays from close range despite a below-average arm. It’s possible he’ll end up at the keystone at some point.
Volpe has now started in both New York competitions and batted in ninth place.
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/watch-yankees-top-prospect-anthony-volpe-secures-first-hit-in-the-majors-off-giants-alex-cobb/ WATCH: Yankees top pick Anthony Volpe secures first hit in the majors ahead of Giants’ Alex Cobb