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Anthony Volpe

Born: 04/28/2001 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 180
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position: 2B
Mature, solid build, not quite stocky but probably close to physically maxed. Has reshaped his frame since prep days and gotten stronger.
Evaluator Jeffrey Paternostro
Report Date 09/21/2021
Dates Seen 8/19-8/21/21
Affiliate Hudson Valley Renegades (High A, Rays)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2023 Medium 60 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Even stance, little stomp and crouch to create a steep swing plane. Very high hands, above-average bat speed, path creates some swing and miss in zone and can be late on fastballs. But moves the bat around well enough. Strong enough to muscle the ball on his hands, approach isn't a good as the walk total, it's High-A after all, but it's fine.
Power 55 Plus raw, ball carries more than you think, should get to most of it. Not purely pull-side launch, but certainly can crush one to left field if he zones a fastball.
Baserunning/Speed 50 Average runner on the accusplit, but aggressive, pesky baserunner. An absolute nightmare when he gets on, and will look to take the extra base before that. Will run into some outs, but will be a net positive baserunner that should swipe 20 or so bags a year as well.
Glove 50 Like his run times, his range is only average, but he's aggressive wherever he's stationed on the infield. Aggressive shifting means he had to make plays in more traditional third and second base positions. Infield captain that could handle all three spots, but probably ends up fringy at shortstop.
Arm 55 Above-average, accurate, throws well on the run. Not a true left side cannon, but gets it done.

Outside of Bobby Witt, Volpe had arguably the best statistical season of any prospect, taking age and league context into consideration. The tools aren't quite that loud, but there's no real weakness in his game, and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Should be good for 15-20 homers and steals a year while playing any of three infield spots. On-base ability might play beyond raw hit tool and should add plenty of baserunning value as well. Some hit tool risk for me keeps him from an OFP 70, but Double-A in 2022 could move the needle the rest of the way there.

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