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Anthony Volpe joins Yankees legend with impressive Opening Day stat

New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe enters his second season coming off a promising rookie campaign, and the fruits of his offseason work are already coming to light.

A refined approach at the plate has resulted in Volpe looking much more comfortable. He’s seeing pitches better and is able to make harder contact with more consistency. Those were two areas that plagued Volpe during his rookie campaign in 2023.

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In the thrilling 5-4 win on Opening Day over the Houston Astros, Volpe was right in the middle of the charge. And it was clear the offseason work he put in has translated to the regular season.

Starting the season right

Volpe got his day started with a hard-hit, worm-burning single up the middle, registering an exit velocity of 105.2 miles per hour. What followed in his next three at-bats may seem insignificant, but it signals a great deal of growth in his game.

Volpe drew walks in each of his next three at-bats, reaching base a total of four times in the Opening Day win. The only other Yankees shortstop to reach base four times in an Opening Day game was none other than the legendary Derek Jeter.

 What’s even more impressive was Volpe’s improvement in his plate discipline. Volpe saw 25 pitches across five at-bats, 17 of which were outside the strike zone. He wound up swinging at just one of those pitches outside the zone.

On top of that, Volpe took only four swings on those 25 pitches. He was extremely selective, which can be a huge development for a Yankees lineup that already features patient hitters like Juan Soto, Anthony Rizzo and Alex Verdugo.

What Volpe brings the Yankees defensively as a Gold Glove shortstop is big in its own right. If he can continue to string together at-bats like this at a consistent rate, the Yankees lineup will become even more formidable.

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