“Kid Has Unreal Pop…”: New York Yankees’ Star Rookie Once Again Earns Derek Jeter Comparisons Amidst Top Form

Published 07/06/2023, 7:44 AM EDT

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Playing baseball for the New York Yankees is a difficult experience, especially for rookies. This is due to immense pressure and expectations. But one youngster has flourished with the team this season and has continuously drawn comparisons to Derek Jeter. Most recently, this rookie showed off a good performance, once again intensifying the comparisons.

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In recent years, the Yankees have had a mixed bag with young players. Although some have lived up to the hype, many have not lived up to the standard of a Bronx Bomber. But the team’s star rookie Anthony Volpe is playing some top baseball at the moment.

New York Yankees rookie Anthony Volpe continues to earn Derek Jeter comparisons

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Anthony Volpe has had an up-and-down season thus far, with spurts of good and bad form. He is currently playing some of his best baseball, after overcoming a batting slump and detecting a mechanical flaw in his stance. Most recently, he smashed a home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the 8th inning. This took the score at the time to 3-4, bringing the Yankees within a run of the Orioles. The clutch hit earned him comparisons to Derek Jeter, despite the team losing the game 6-3. A video of the hit has been shared on Twitter by the Yankees, earning him significant praise.

In the Tweet, the Yankees said, “AV sends one out 💪”. The homer gave the team a chance to get back into the game, but the Yankees’ pitching fumbled and gave up 2 runs in the 9th inning. Despite this, it does not take away anything from Volpe’s hit. 

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The reactions to the home run have been wholly positive as he continues his great form. Some fans compared him to Derek Jeter. 

Other fans were happy about the great improvements. 

There were even some fans that referenced the chicken parm dinner that started this top form. 

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It is safe to say, Volpe is on track to have a great rookie season. His defense, base-running, and power-hitting have all been there. Only his ability to make contact has to continue improving as the season progresses. Earlier this month, he achieved a milestone feat during a streak of good batting performances. 

Anthony Volpe had 5 consecutive multi-hit games

The biggest worry about Anthony Volpe has been his batting and ability to make consistent contact. But earlier this month, he achieved a milestone feat in that regard. Between 28th June and 2nd July, he had 5 consecutive multi-hit games. This is a career-high for the Yankees rookie. Furthermore, it is a truly encouraging milestone as he continues to improve his batting. Although he has a way to go in his development, the last few weeks have been extremely promising. 

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Being compared to Derek Jeter as a rookie is no easy feat. Although it may not be a fair comparison just yet, the New York Yankees’ rookie has time to develop his game. What do you think about the latest comparisons?

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Pranay Mukherjee

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports, with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. His expertise lies in cheat sheets, post-game analysis, and trade rumors, providing readers with comprehensive coverage of the sport. Pranay is an avid follower of baseball and is a staunch supporter of the Yankees, firmly believing that it is time for the New York team to break their World Series jinx.
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