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Yankees vice president of new player development Kevin Reese has become the last team official to praise the most promising Anthony Volpe – and he said the 20-year-old “hopes to make an impact in the major leagues soon”. he finished. ”

How “soon” is visible and the Yankees could have a lot to offer given the risk of not signing a contract with the best free agent this season.

Outside the organization, Volpe’s arrival in the Bronx is not expected until 2023.

Inside, however, the Yankees aren’t putting a ceiling on how high Volpe could rise this season, sources say that their other highly respected short-term prospects are really on the radar with Oswald Peraza.

According to some scouts, Volpe has not only become the Yankees ’best prospect, but if he continues to improve at the pace he has shown in 2021, he could be the best prospect in the sport by the end of next season.

They were also amazed by what they saw from Peraza, who finished last season with Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.

Anthony Volpe is expanding his list of Yankees prospects

While the Yankees are enthusiastic about the future of both players, that doesn’t help the Yankees try to win the 2022 World Series.

Despite his success in his first full professional season after Volpe was selected in the first round (overall 29th) of the 2019 amateur project, the fight against mononucleosis bypassed him in that first pro-season, and the 2020 junior the league season has been canceled. For COVID-19, that means the 20-year-old has yet to play higher than High-A.

As Reese said on Wednesday, Volpe is expected to start this season at Double-A Somerset.

“If you’re Double-Island, anything is possible,” said one of the officials. “He has no deadline.”

“I love this guy,” said one of the AL scouts who saw him play in Low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley last season. “Everyone loves a guy. But to think he has a chance to see the main directions next year, I think it’s very difficult.

Oswald Peraza during the 2021 Spring Training
Oswald Peraza during the 2021 Spring Training

Half a dozen other scouts agreed, wanting to see what Volpe could do in the future, but the Yankees were very skeptical that he would be promoted to major levels this year, no matter how much he grew.

Another NL scout about Volpe said, “You don’t want to rush someone like that. “You have to allow it to grow at a rapid pace. He has shown the ability to adapt very quickly to new levels, but you don’t want to take the opportunity to risk it all because you want to fix it quickly at the major league level.

Where are the Yankees now – and since CEO Brian Cashman said they needed a new shortstop after Glebber Torres ’failed experience after the season.

GM used the word “rush” in its quest for renewal in a short period of time, where at the end of the season Torres was finally replaced by Gio Urshela. Torres played better on both sides of the ball after being transferred to the second base.

With a free agent class that includes Carlos Correa, Corey Siger, Javier Baez, Marcus Semien and Trevor Story, the Yankees were in the best position to add another star this season.

But before the MLB was blocked in early December, the Yankees were sitting aside not only in the short-term market, but in all free agencies as well. However, the clear need for the position and the presence of many talents was, most importantly, the fact that the organization was not active there.

Anthony Volpe will sign for fans on August 19, 2021.
Anthony Volpe will sign for fans on August 19, 2021.

And Keshman and manager Aaron Bun acknowledged the presence of Volpe and Peraza, who played a role in how they approached the off-season.

In November, when asked if he had figured out the future of Volpe and Peraza while looking for a new short stop, Cashman replied: “It has to be done. You know, there are guys in front of you who think very well. … if you can, you always want to keep the best. “

“Obviously we feel like Peraza and Volpe because we have two big league players for a long time,” Boone said. “We’re happy with these players and we believe they’re real.”

Peraza, 21, jumped from High-A Hudson Valley to Scranton Wilkes-Barr last season. His gloves have always impressed, with people inside and outside the Yankee organization believing his defense is now in the major leagues. In attack, Peraza showed his strength as a professional for the first time last season and finished with 18 homers on three levels.

But he enters the season at the Triple-A level with just eight games.

Can the Yankees use Ushela in the short term in the hopes that Peraza will be ready in the second half of the regular season – if the season ends on time after the lockout is over?

“I didn’t want to take that chance either,” the AL scout said. “Peraza hit better last year than I thought, but he’s still not far from High-A.

Carlos Correa remains a free agent
Carlos Correa remains a free agent

“I think we will find out how the lack of a minor league season has affected the development of young players not only last year but also this year. I don’t know, I’m ready to put the pen down as a guy who wants to put him in a place like this soon. “

Similarly, Volpe could possibly have “knocked on the door” of the major leagues if the minor league’s 2020 season hAcesparks’t been wiped out. However, according to sources, he could not be called to the end of the season if he starts the season in Double-Ada.

The Yankees can answer these questions after the block, after signing a contract with one of the remaining key free agents – Correa or Story, or a stopover option like Andrelton Simmons or Jose Iglesias.

Among the potential trade targets could be Isiah Kiner-Falefa from Rangers, now Texas has landed Seager and Semienga this season.

Former Matt Amed could be from Rosario Cleveland, while Nicki Lopez from the Royal Club is also seeing his best prospects in Kansas City, Bobby Witt Jr. – close to contributing.

“Is Volpe their main short of the 23rd?” Said another scout. “They could have put him in second or third place, but he’s coming soon. Can they move Peraza to the pack for something else this season? Maybe.

“They are in a good place with both. I don’t know if I’ll see one of them in the 2022 playoffs, but it won’t last very long.

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