Photo: Courtesy of Delbarton
Anthony Volpe, a Delbarton High School senior, will be sticking around the area for a few years. Volpe was drafted number 30 overall by the New York Yankees, his dream team to play for since he was just a baby playing tee ball.
Volpe, a native of Watchung, has done a lot in the last few weeks. He graduated from high school, helped the Green Wave win their sectional championship, and now is living his dream of playing pro baseball. He originally committed to Vanderbilt University to play baseball but has now entered the process of signing with the Bronx based baseball dynasty.
The short stop has been quite a standout over the years, both on and off the diamond. When it comes to baseball, the 5’11 monster has been named to All-Tournament Teams over eight times. He also holds numerous All-American titles. He is ranked number one in the state and number 34 in the nation. The Yankees released a statement on June 3 after their first round selection.
“He’s going to be a shortstop: the guy can hit, he can run, he’s got plus actions, he’s got really good hands, and he’s got a shortstop’s arm. He’s got tools. He’s been on the big stage with the USA national teams, so he’s got performance, and with a deluxe make-up, the kid brings it every day.” Damon Oppenheimer, the Yankees Vice President of Domestic Amateur Scouting said.
In the Green Wave’s 2019 season, Volpe had 78 at bats. He scored 36 runs in 39 hits. His RBI count is 33. Volpe hit four doubles, six triples, seven home runs, 17 stolen bases and accrued 11 walks. He helped the Green Wave secure their sectional championship on May 31.
Congratulations poured in for Volpe after being drafted on June 3. His Delbarton coach, Bruce Shatel, tweeted out the following: “Watching this guy (Volpe) play for Delbarton Baseball has been a treat for all of us. #Yankees”.
As news spread throughout the nation, Delbarton School posted photos of Volpe on Facebook. Families of current and former Delbarton baseball players were quick to comment. Mollie O’Brien shared, “You don’t need to know much about baseball to know that when you are watching Anthony, you are watching something special. Truly amazing. Huge congratulations to the Volpe’s.”
Volpe’s teammate Jack Leiter, son of New York Mets and New York Yankee pitcher Al Leiter, had also entered the MLB Draft. According to reports, Leiter told teams that he was unsignable as he will be heading to Vanderbilt University in the fall to play baseball.