Tyler Wade had a tough debut last season with the New York Yankees, but the Yankees have not given up hope on the young shortstop. Wade has posted fantastic offensive numbers in the minors, and this season Wade will prove that he is a Major League caliber player.
The young second-baseman is a tremendous defender and is a threat on base with his amazing speed.
Wades numbers last season:
.155 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI, .222 OBP, .224 SLG
Opening Day Roster:
Wade has played tremendously for the Yankees this spring and is a favorite to win a spot on the 25-man opening day roster. Even after the signing Neil Walker, Yankees manager Aaron Boone did not rule out Wade as the starting second baseman.
Wade is hitting a fantastic .331 AVG this spring and the defense he has shown is incredible. Wade had spent time in the off-season working with Albert Pujols. The work is clearly paying off.
— DJ Eberle (@ByDJEberle) February 23, 2018
Wade has displayed tremendous defensive work this spring playing at both second and short. He has excellent hands that he displays on a routine basis. Wade will definitely be making exciting plays in the Bronx this season and will be a highlight reel.
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) March 9, 2018
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) March 4, 2018
The competing second-baseman has a shot to be the opening day starter, but I believe Walker will be given the job. Look for Wade to play a role similar to Torreyes and be someone the Yankees insert late in games as a runner replacement.
Super-Utility player ?
Wade has experience playing second, shortstop, third and both corner outfield positions. Wade unlike Drury, should see playing time all over the diamond if he does not secure the second-base job. If Wade can develop into a guy who can contribute offensively and play all over the diamond, he will become a valuable member of the Yankees. The future is bright for the 23-year old.