Wall Pei, 18, by MLB Pipeline Rated the No. 5 prospect in baseball. The Yanks’ first round pick in the 342 draft, Volpe hits. 132/.342/. 460 and35 run,
doubles, 22 home run, 65 RBI and 35 Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes at 86 Stolen bases in game – this past season.
“I think we’re all looking forward to seeing what these kids can do to compete for a spot in the spring,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “But that doesn’t mean they’re going to expel the guys who are currently in those positions as well. … Guys might get into the mix early. Robicano is one of them. Alfonso Soriano is one of them. One. Hopefully the incoming players are as good as the former ones. You make room for them when they’re ready.”
Even with Anthony Rizzo and Josh Donaldson appearing to be entrenched in the infield corner, the Yankees have more than one way to accommodate Peraza and Volpe, as well as infielder/outfielder Oswaldo Cabrera, said Steinbrenner: “I was very surprised when he showed up.”
The club was unsure whether infielder DJ LeMahieu would be available on Opening Day, opting for the injured right foot Conservative treatment routes, which hindered his playing season in the second half of the regular season and kept him out of the playoffs. Cashman said the Yankees should know by the end of December whether LeMahieu will avoid surgery.
Even though the Yankees signed infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa to a one-year, $6 million deal last week, there is no guarantee that Kiner-Falefa will continue to be the go-to shortstop, he does was substituted before the ALDS vs. Guardians.
Kiner-Falefa is a 2022 Gold Glove winner at third base and can be used as a utility character , but can also be traded. Likewise, the Yankees may want to trade infielder Gleyber Torres, who was discussed in a deal that could bring Marlins right-hander Pablo López to the Bronx at the Aug. 2 trade deadline. Yanks declined to include Peraza in the swap.
Torres, who turned around 04 In December, admitted at the end of the season “I don’t exactly know where we’ll be next year.”
“Obviously the infield is an area of strength for us, more important than anything else,” Card Shman said. “It went from an area where we were scrambling to find people to an area where we had some really high-end young kids pushing up and saying they wish it was their turn now. ‘Not yet’.”
Steinbrenner said the final decision on having Peraza, Volpe or both on the Opening Day roster will be made by Cashman and manager Aaron Boone. Steinbrenner said he has spoken to some Yanks veterans who are keen to give young players a chance, and it sounds like Steinbrenner is ready to vote.
“Ultimately, it’s their decision, my opinion,” Steinbrenner said of Cashman and Boone. “But I think you’ll see them get a chance in spring training.”