The 2023 MLB season is in full swing and with that we get to see what players are meeting expectations and which ones are falling behind. However, MLB fans and even executives are debating which of these two rookie players will have more of an impact on the field.
According to MLB.com Anthony Volpe for the Yankees and Jordan Walker for the Cardinals are the subject of debate when it comes to which player will have a better season. As both are making their MLB debut and they were both in the in the top five for MLB prospects this year, Walker in 4th and Volpe in 5th .
Anthony Volpe. New York Yankee. Earned it. pic.twitter.com/TblkujH3aT— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 26, 2023
Well with a total of twenty votes an overwhelming majority of them went to New Jersey’s own Volpe. Who secured fifteen of the votes. Some of the executives claim that Vople’s position on shortstop will help him push forward to improve his WAR. Ultimately Antony’s WAR value is what helped give him the edge over Walker.
Even his outs are impressive!— Palm Beach Cardinals (@GoPBCardinals) May 14, 2021
3B Jordan Walker recorded a groundout with an exit velocity of 116.3 MPH!
As @jjcoop36 noted, only 12 MLB players TOTAL have hit a ball that fast all season! pic.twitter.com/bXBLxUMDNE
Another major point is that while in the field Walker, is rotating between third and the outfield. Which some say may cause a few bumps due to the constant switching. However, each player has made strides to be where they are now. Especially considering both made it onto their respective opening day roosters. And in Volpe’s case not only is he Yankees number one prospect, but also the youngest position player to start on opening since Derek Jeter in 96′. Walker, also earned an honor as the youngest Cardinals position player to make his MLB debut in an Opening Day lineup. He is one year younger than Volpe so one thing is for certain both players are at the top of their game and fans can’t get enough of them.
It’s great to see considering that after being drafted Volpe, was sent to play for New Jersey’s own Somerset Patriots in which he helped lead them to their first championship title since 2015.