When the New York Yankees open spring training next month, all eyes will be on shortstop Anthony Volpe. And with good reason.
After all, the former first-round draft pick and N.J. native is the Yankees’ top-ranked prospect and No. 5 overall, according to MLB Pipeline.
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However, when projecting prospects poised to break out in the upcoming season, MLB Pipeline opted for outfielder Everson Pereira, who is the Yankees’ No. 5 prospect.
Signed for $1.5 million out of Venezuela as one of the best all-around talents in the 2017 international class, Pereira didn’t play 100 games in a season until 2022 because of injuries and the pandemic. Coming off a .277/.350/.469 season with 15 homers and 21 steals between High-A and Double-A, he’s still just 21, offers a solid power/speed combo and has the tools to play anywhere in the outfield.
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As for Volpe, he and No. 3 prospect Oswald Peraza are the club’s middle infielders of the future. While both are shortstops by trade, Volpe projects as a second baseman. With Gleyber Torres possibly on the trade block and Isiah Kiner-Falefa playing this year under a one-year, $6 million contract, it’s entirely possible both prospects open the 2023 season in the Bronx.
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