Monday, December 11, 2023

Yankees shortstop should be in their sights if Anthony Volpe fails in 2024

Although he is the clear favorite in the upper command, Anthony Volpe cleanly won the spring competition for the New York Yankees’ starting shortstop for this MLB season.

The 22-year-old hasn’t been able to replicate the explosive hitting he showed in regular-season camp, and he already knows the pressure that comes with playing for the most title-winning team in the Major Leagues.

Volpe became the first Yankees rookie to hit 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in his debut, and manager Aaron Boone praised his defensive ability, but there was a feeling he didn’t live up to expectations (he had .260, 21 homers, 24 steals and 60 RBIs).

The organization’s support for the shortstop is total and there are no plans to return him to the minors or even sit him for a while, which speaks to the fact that in 2024 they will continue to believe in his potential while he made the changes. , but time flies. Bronx.

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If Volpe struggles again next season, the Yankees should start looking for someone to replace him. And if not Oswald Peraza, the most likely candidate is a rising star: Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr.

At the age of 23, Witt Jr. The Royals will control him until 2027 and it would not be unusual to send him to another organization before the deadline.

In his second season in the majors, the infielder led the American League in triples with 9, he had 170 hits, 28 doubles and 29 home runs, he had 48 stolen bases and 93 RBIs with a .276 average. .

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In defense he had 19 errors, showed a fielding percentage of .978 (the fifth best in the young circuit), he was third in double plays with 68 and in assists with 324.

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