Jack Curry of the YES Network asked Antony Volpe if he felt he has done enough to win the starting shortstop job, but the Yankees top prospect didn’t bite at a potential opportunity to talk up his candidacy.
“I just think it’s all about development,” Volpe told Curry. “I’m super happy with how I came in in January with the work I put in, and getting better and keep improving. Regardless of where I stand, I feel like I’m not close to my ceiling yet.”
It was an answer that will only enhance the relentless Derek Jeter comparisons, as Volpe doesn’t care to talk much about himself of the buzz around him. But there is certainly buzz, and plenty of it, especially after Volpe went deep again on Friday, a blast to dead center field for his third homer of the spring. The 21-year-old entered Friday’s game with a .939 OPS in spring training, and reports have surfaced that multiple high-end people in the organization are supporting the idea of starting Volpe at shortstop on Opening Day.
Whether Volpe becomes the youngest Yankee to start at shortstop since Jeter on Thursday, or is assigned to Triple-A, he will do whatever it takes to hit that unreached ceiling.
“There’s a lot of hard work to be done,” Volpe said. “And I’m motivated and confident that with all the people in this organization, they will help me out and help get me there.”
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