June will mark four years since Anthony Volpe '19 played his final game for the Green Wave. Since that memorable 2019 championship season, where Volpe heard his named called as the Yankees first-round pick, Anthony has navigated his way through the Yankees farm system, earning promotions from Single A Tampa, Double A Somerset and finishing last year in AAA Scranton. On Sunday, March 26, Anthony's dream became a reality, as manger Aaron Boone delivered the news that Volpe had earned a spot as the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees.
"The Delbarton family is incredibly proud of Anthony Volpe," says Headmaster Fr. Michael Tidd, OSB. "Anthony demonstrates to a superb degree the best qualities of a Delbarton graduate: self-discipline, hard work, focus, and, most important of all, humility and grace. He is a model for our young men in how he has taken his God-given gifts and used them to the full."
Coming into his first full spring training with the Yankees, Volpe knew that the shortstop position would be a fierce competition between himself and fellow Yankee youngster Oswald Peraza. Volpe would go on to hit .314 over 17 games, with 6 doubles, a triple and 4 home runs, while Peraza would struggle, hitting just .190 and one home run. Volpe would also steal 5 bases and score 13 runs. "I'm so happy for Anthony and his family," says Delbarton Baseball head coach Bruce Shatel. "AV is laser focused and has put in the work to become the player that he is today. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to have a front row seat for four years, watching him develop into a major leaguer."
"The moment Anthony walked on campus as a freshman, his impact was felt widespread. His character, determination, and work ethic stood apart from the rest of his classmates and teammates, as he never accepted mediocrity in any aspect of his life. He pushed himself to be exceptional not just in the game of baseball or in the classroom, but as a human being, one that gives everything of himself to others in the community. I am excited to see what the future in the New York Yankees organization holds for Anthony," says Assistant Coach and incoming Athletic Director Tony Negrin.
Volpe is one of three teammates from the 2019 championship team to play professional baseball. Shawn Rapp '19 is currently in the Guardians organization and Jack Leiter '19 plays for Double A Frisco after being drafted in 2021 by the Texas Rangers second overall. "There's nobody more deserving than AV," says former teammate and close friend Jack Leiter. "He's worked for and earned everything that's coming his way. It's always cool seeing such a good friend and person accomplish great things and I can't wait to see where his career takes him." We all can't wait for the day that Anthony comes to the plate to face Jack with the Rangers!
Anthony and the Yankees will kick off the 2023 season on Thursday, April 30 against the San Francisco Giants. First pitch is set for 1:05pm from Yankee Stadium! Congrats to Anthony and his parents Michael and Isabelle on this momentous achievement! You can watch the moment Anthony found out he was a Yankee here.