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Yankees lose six players to the Rule-5 draft, acquire one

The Yankees’ minor league systems is deep even beyond the flashy prospects, and as a result, they had six players they chose not to protect on the 40-man roster selected by other clubs in the Rule-5 draft. Only one of the six Yankees, RHP Nick Green, was selected in the Major League phase, while five players were selected in the Triple-A phase. The Yankees chose one player of their own in the Triple-A phase in RHP Adonis De la Cruz. A friendly reminder for those who are not familiar with the Rule-5 draft, the teams who select these players must keep them on their active roster of either the Major League or Triple-A team, depending on the phase of selection, or be offered back to their former club. Here is a breakdown of Cruz and who the Yankees lost:

Tyler Wade makes opening day roster

It was just recently confirmed by Yankee skipper Aaron Boone that infielder Tyler Wade has made the opening day roster, and will travel across the border with the team when they face the Blue Jays on March 29th.
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Headed into spring training, the starting second base job was practically wide open with Starlin Castro being dealt in the offseason, and Gleyber Torres still rounding out the edges in the minors. Wade put up dismal numbers last season, slashing .155/.222/.224 in thirty games, yet had an opportunity to prove himself worthy of the job in spring training. He took full advantage, as he impressed defensively, and has showed off his base running ability. Wade had little trouble making contact with the ball as well, as he averaged .316 with 12 hits in 18 games.
With the signing of seasoned switch-hitting infielder Neil Walker and the trade for the versatile Brandon Drury who has seen time at third and second with the D-Backs, Tyler Wade will most likely serve in a platoon role, as skipper Aaron Boone stated to the media:

I feel like it’s just going to be a daily thing where those guys will be getting regular playing time, and I just think their skill sets complement each other. You could see both of them in a game every day — whether they’re sharing a position or playing somewhere else”

With the Yankees’ core shifting onto “The Baby Bombers” young talent, Wade’s role with the team will likely shift in the team’s future plans, as he has flashed great defensive potential with the ability to develop into a consistent hitter and table setter.

Article by: Gianmarco Castronovo