BBB Top Prospect Countdown #14: Tyler Wade

Wade, who was a 4th round pick for the Yankees back in 2013, comes in at number 14 on our list. Born on November 23, 1994 in Murrieta, California, Wade attended Murrieta Valley High School in his hometown of Murrieta. Wade had committed to go to San Diego State, but the Yankees were able to convince him to sign at the slot value of $371,300.
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Breakdown
Listed at 6’1” and 180 lbs, Wade is a lanky shortstop prospect who has good speed and can spray the ball to all fields. In 127 games between High-A Tampa and AA Trenton, Wade batted .262 with three home runs and 31 RBIs and 33 stolen bases, although Wade’s average is down because of his brief 29 game stint in Trenton (.204 BA). Although he has good hands at the shortstop position, his defense could improve after committing 31 errors in 855 innings.

Projection
After a forgettable debut in Trenton, the assumption is that Wade will start 2016 back in AA to improve his game. With lots of shortstop prospects in the Yankees’ system, I’m not sure where Wade fits into the Yankees future plans whether he develops to be a very good shortstop or moves to a different position of need or is just simply used as trade bait. Either way expect Wade to start the season in AA.

You can view his minor league stats here.
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Article by: Julian Bussells
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