Anthony Volpe continues hot streak with another three-hit game in Cleveland

Yankees' Anthony Volpe hits his third three-hit game of 2024 against the Guardians in Cleveland on April 14, 2024.
Inna Zeyger
Monday April 15, 2024

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Anthony Volpe sustained his scorching start to the season on Sunday though his efforts were insufficient to prevent the Yankees’ 8-7 loss to the Guardians in 10 innings.

The young shortstop delivered another impressive performance at the plate, collecting his third three-hit game of the season. The highlight came in the ninth inning, where Anthony Volpe faced off against one of baseball’s most formidable relievers, Emmanuel Clase.  

Anthony Volpe remained unfazed by Clase’s reputation or his 100 mph cutter. He revealed that he sought counsel from his more experienced teammates before the at-bat, gleaning valuable insights into Clase’s pitching tendencies, particularly his devastating cutter.

With two outs and a runner on first, Anthony Volpe’s nerves of steel allowed him to capitalize on a 2-1 cutter that strayed over the plate. He launched a game-tying double to the opposite field, showcasing his ability to adjust and deliver in clutch moments.

Anthony Volpe of the New York Yankees

Manager Aaron Boone praised Anthony Volpe’s consistent approach at the plate, highlighting his knack for making solid contact even when faced with tough pitching. Boone pointed to the shortstop’s at-bat against Clase as a prime example of the young star’s ability to rise to the occasion.

“He has incredible stuff,” Anthony Volpe acknowledged about Clase, demonstrating his respect for the elite reliever. However, he emphasized, “Just tried to stick to the approach.”

Despite his heroics, the Yankees were unable to hold on to the lead in the 10th inning, ultimately falling short in a dramatic extra-innings affair.

Anthony Volpe blazing start impresses teammates, fans


Anthony Volpe’s sizzling start to the season has not only captivated fans but has also garnered the respect of his veteran teammates. Following his clutch double against the hard-throwing closer Emmanuel Clase, his teammates were effusive in their praise.

Aaron Judge, the undisputed leader of the Yankees, commended Anthony Volpe’s ability to handle high-velocity pitches with movement, particularly those exceeding 100 mph and featuring deceptive cutter action. Judge emphasized Anthony Volpe’s disciplined approach at the plate, highlighting his focus on making solid contact rather than swinging for the fences. This strategy, according to Judge, proved instrumental in Volpe’s success against Clase.

Anthony Volpe’s performance against Clase wasn’t an isolated incident. He has been on a tear throughout the young season, leading the Yankees with a .382 batting average and a 1.041 OPS through 15 games. He sits tied with superstar teammate Juan Soto for the team lead in hits with 21.

The transition to leadoff hitter has been seamless for Anthony Volpe. He boasts a robust .400 on-base percentage (6 walks in 15 plate appearances) and has scored four runs in his four games batting first.

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This impressive early season performance can be attributed in part to Anthony Volpe’s off-season focus on swing mechanics. He specifically targeted improvements in covering a wider range of pitches and locations, a modification that has demonstrably paid dividends. His ability to drive a double off Clase, a pitcher renowned for his dominant arsenal, exemplifies this development.

Judge didn’t shy away from expressing his admiration for Anthony Volpe’s performance, calling it “incredible.” He was particularly impressed by the shortstop’s grit in battling a tough pitch and driving a line drive that soared over the outfielder’s head. Judge’s praise extended beyond the single at-bat, acknowledging the sophomore’s consistent contributions throughout the season and expressing confidence in his continued success.

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