Somerset Patriots shortstop and Yankees No. 1 prospect, Anthony Volpe, will represent the New York organization in the 2022 MLB All-Star Futures Game. The New Jersey native is thought of as the future of the Yankees infield and will have an opportunity to showcase his talents on a national stage during MLB All-Star festivities.
After a slow start to the season at Double-A Somerset, Volpe has been on fire of late. He has raised his average to .244 on the season, including 19 doubles, 11 home runs, and 41 RBI while consistently batting from the leadoff spot in the Patriots lineup.
Volpe's 33 stolen bases lead the Eastern League.
There is a special connection for Yankees fans as Volpe is a Watchung, New Jersey native who starred at Delbarton High School in Morristown before being drafted by New York in the first round (30th overall) in the 2019 MLB Draft.
MLB Pipeline named Volpe the Hitting Prospect of the Year in 2021 after he batted .294/.423/.604 with 27 homers and 33 steals in 109 games between Low-A and High-A while topping the Minors in runs (113) and ranking second in OPS (1.027) and ranking third in extra-base hits (68). He entered the 2022 season ranked as the Yankees' No. 1 prospect and the No. 8 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.
Other Locals Join Volpe on Futures Game Rosters
Joining Volpe in the Futures Game will be his high school teammate, Jack Leiter. who plays for the Texas Rangers organization. In addition to Volpe, other Yankees representatives will be OF Jasson Dominguez and LHP Ken Waldichuk.
The seven-inning American vs. National League game will take place at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, July 16 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. It will be broadcast live on Peacock and SiriusXM, with MLB Network producing the telecast and re-airing the game starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Gregg has lived in New Jersey is entire life and is a current resident of Somerset County. As a huge sports fan, he is passionate about NJ sports at all levels. The former owner of Double G Sports, Gregg has vast experience in sports media and journalism.