With the 30th Pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, The Yankees Select Anthony Volpe (SS)
Anthony Volpe (SS) is ranked as the MLB.com #63 draft prospect, and is coming out of Delbarton High School in New Jersey.
The 5’11”, 180 pound, 18 year-old is a right-handed hitting and throwing shortstop that has committed to Vanderbilt, as has his teammate Jack Leiter.
His grades rank as follows from the MLB Pipeline: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 55 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50
Inside this post is the MLB Pipeline write-up about Volpe.
Round 1 | Pick 30: The New York Yankees select SS Anthony Volpe out of Delbarton School (NJ). #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/cF2mdD9m0X — NYYPlayerDev (@NYYPlayerDev) June 4, 2019
From MLB Pipeline:
“Scouts have been able to get a two-for-one deal when traveling to Delbarton Prep in northern New Jersey. Not only could they see right-hander Jack Leiter, but they could get a look at Volpe, who has shone under the spotlight, including for Team USA’s gold medal-winning 18-and-under team last fall and then for Delbarton when they competed at USA Baseball’s National High School Invitational this spring.
Volpe is the kind of player who grows on evaluators the more they see him, with his whole being greater than the sum of his parts. He gets an 80 on the 20-to-80 scouting scale for his makeup and work ethic. He does have a solid approach at the plate with excellent bat control and while he doesn’t have a ton of power, there is enough strength to keep pitchers honest, like when he went deep at the NHSI. Though he’s not a burner, Volpe runs well and has good instincts on the bases and defensively. He has good hands and footwork and while he might have an average arm, some feel it might mean that second base will be a better long-term home for him, even if a team sends him out as a shortstop initially
Because of his track record for performing well against good competition and his makeup, it might be wrong to bet against Volpe. Whether a team is willing to draft him early enough to sign him away from his commitment to Vanderbilt, where he could continue being teammates with Leiter if neither signs, remains to be seen.”