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Yankees aren’t panicking over Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza is fighting

It’s not time to panic about Anthony Volpe.

The potential shortstop of the future doesn’t yet have minor league stats screaming that he should be the shortstop of the present for the Yankees. Like so many hitters in the minors and majors, many of whom play in cooler climates, Volpe got off to a slow start with Double-A Somerset, entering Friday’s season at 6-for-39 (.154) in his first 10 games.

There are “at least” three drives left of the back of his baseball card who died in the warning lane, Somerset manager Dan Fiorito said.

“He shot four balls in his first game out there,” Fiorito said over the phone before his Patriots played in Hartford (a Rockies affiliate) on Friday. “You can see the talent every night when he takes the field – just the bats he puts together.”

Volpe, a Watchung, NJ, native and Delbarton High School graduate, had homed in two of his previous three games, although he also had hit six times in that span. He put together an all-around excellent game on Wednesday.

Anthony Volpe at the plate during a Yankees spring training game.
Anthony Volpe at the plate during a Yankees spring training game.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

“His last game was a snapshot of what a dynamic player he is,” Fiorito said. “First home run, two walks worked, great game in the [shortstop] hole and stole a base. He can influence the game in so many different ways and it was fun to watch.”

There will be a blinding spotlight on the shortstop, who doesn’t turn 21 until Thursday, after the Yankees decided against signing any of the available free-agent stars (Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Javier Baez and Trevor Story) have decided. to a long-term pact. They traded for Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who is seen as a last-minute answer to leaving the position open for Volpe or prospect one level above him, Oswald Peraza.

Peraza also got off to a slow start. In his first 10 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he hit a .180 home run.

If the Yankees continue to struggle on the plate over the next few weeks or months, one might wonder when their future — either Peraza (who is on the 40-man roster) or Volpe — will get a chance.

Oswald Peraza at the plate during a Yankees spring training game.
Oswald Peraza at the plate during a Yankees spring training game.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Both young shortstops could be forgiven if expectations ever get the better of them and hamper their performance. That shouldn’t be a problem for Volpe, who, according to Fiorito, is welcoming the stage and pairing a “Plus” glove with a racquet that slipped through the Yankees’ system last season. He posted a .423 on-base percentage and drilled 27 homers in 109 games between Class-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley.

“He’s welcoming it,” Fiorito said of the 30th overall winner in 2019. “But I think what’s special about him is how mature he is for someone who’s only 20 years old. He understands the process and uses it to get better every day, and that’s exactly what he’s doing now.”

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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