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Yankees Top Prospect Anthony Volpe Makes Opening Day Roster

Written by Tony Ghaul

The New York Yankees top prospect Anthony Volpe has made the opening day roster. He appears to be the Yankees starting shortstop.

The 21 year-old Volpe, played in 110 Double-A and 22 Triple-A games last season, hitting .249 with 35 doubles, two triples, 21 homers and 50 stolen bases.

Heading into Sunday’s action, Volpe went 16 for 51 (.314) with six doubles, a triple, three homers, five RBI, 13 runs and five stolen bases.

Volpe was the Yankees’ first-round pick out of high school in 2019 and has made a quick trip to the majors despite there being no minor-league season in 2020.

The Yankees declared shortstop an open competition during the offseason, but Volpe entered camp seemingly with the longest odds to win it. Isiah Kiner-Falefa was the incumbent and Oswald Peraza was considered ahead of Volpe too, based on his one-month cameo at the end of last season.

Volpe will be the first rookie in the Yankees Opening Day lineup since Aaron Judge in 2017. He will also be the youngest Yankee to start on Opening Day since a 21-year-old Derek Jeter.

Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe. Photo courtsey of Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post

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