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Yankees scout Matt Hyde will get chance to revel in Anthony Volpe’s debut

By Greg Joyce,


TAMPA — Matt Hyde was scouting a doubleheader at Boston College on Sunday afternoon when he got a call from Damon Oppenheimer, the Yankees’ amateur scouting director.

Oppenheimer wanted to talk through the upcoming schedule with Hyde, the organization’s Northeast area scout, and asked him to take a look at a couple of options.

“I’ve got a really great option for a game on Thursday, and you need to be there,” Oppenheimer then told Hyde.

“Really, what’s that?” Hyde asked.

“Yankee Stadium,” Oppenheimer said.

Anthony Volpe, whom Hyde first started scouting in the summer of 2017, is going to be making his major league debut on Opening Day in The Bronx.

The Yankees, who informed Volpe on Sunday that he had made the team, want Hyde to be there.

“I would say [Sunday] was probably my most significant day of my entire time in baseball, getting that great news,” Hyde, who has been scouting since 2005, told The Post on Monday morning.
Anthony Volpe will make his major league debut on Sunday — and the scout who helped the Yankees keep tabs on him will be there, too.
Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Not long after Volpe found out he had won the shortstop competition , he was pulling out of the parking lot at Steinbrenner Field when he called Hyde.

“I wanted to thank him and show my appreciation,” Volpe said Monday. “I couldn’t really formulate the right words then. He said he’s going to be there Thursday, so that’ll be pretty special.”

Hyde’s relationship with Volpe began in the summer of 2017, when he coached the Yankees’ Area-Code team.
Matt Hyde, Anthony Volpe, Kelly Rodman and Damon Oppenheimer on the day Volpe signed with the Yankees in 2019.
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Volpe was in between his sophomore and junior years of high school at Delbarton and played on Hyde’s team while wearing the No. 2 for his favorite player, Derek Jeter.

It didn’t take long for Volpe to make an impression on Hyde, the same way he made one on Yankees decisionmakers this spring as part of the shortstop battle that he decisively took over.

“He just had such an ability to make things happen and be part of impactful plays that helps his team win,” Hyde said. “It was every day, it seemed like he’d do three things to help the team win. Either make a great play defensively, come up with a clutch hit, steal a base — he was always in the middle of the action.”

Volpe admitted he was “partial to the Yankees scout,” having grown up a fan of the team, but he appreciated Hyde the more he got to know him.

Likewise, the more Hyde and the Yankees saw Volpe, the more he climbed up their draft board.

With him based in their backyard, they scouted him heavily, but they also saw him around the country.

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They liked his advanced feel for the barrel of the bat, the way he played shortstop, how he could run the bases and do the little things.

By the fall of his senior year in 2018, Volpe was playing in a tournament in Jupiter, Fla .

All of the Yankees scouts who were in attendance — about 15 of them — had a text chain going, and every time Volpe was on deck, Hyde alerted the group.

There were games going on at the same time across 14 fields at the complex, but when Hyde’s texts landed — “Volpe on deck, Field Blue 4 … Volpe on deck, Red 3” — the scouts would jump in their golf carts and get to where he was playing.

“I just kept following him around, watching him play,” Hyde said. “I don’t know how productive I was watching anybody else because I was on top of every time he was on deck and letting our people know.”

The Yankees got to know Volpe better than any organization during the pre-draft process, but Hyde was still concerned that he might not last long enough for them to take him with the 30th overall pick in 2019.
Anthony Volpe starred at Delbarton, wearing Derek Jeter’s No. 2.
Lisa Mita and Delbarton Sports

Fortunately for the Yankees, he did, and the Yankees were able to sign Volpe away from his scholarship to Vanderbilt.

“I think the opportunity to be a New York Yankee, at the end of the day, is what was really in his heart to do,” Hyde said.

Less than four years later, Volpe will don pinstripes for the first time on Thursday.

After beating out Oswald Peraza and Isiah Kiner-Falefa for the shortstop job with a strong spring, Volpe is poised to be a dynamic addition to the Yankees’ lineup, just as Hyde had envisioned .

“It just has been so much fun to see him do things that I’ve seen him do since he was in 10th grade,” said Hyde, who paid close attention to the shortstop competition. “Just making big plays, making things happen. Really fun to see him be able to do it in that environment.”

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