Often an overlooked prospect within the New York Yankees farm system, super utility man Tyler Wade will get his first taste of big league action tomorrow night in Chicago, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. The team will add him to the 40-man roster, as second baseman Starlin Castro pulled up lame, favoring his hamstring, running out a grounder.
With the Yankees now fully embracing a youth movement, Wade has been talked about in New York, known primarily for his versatility and defensive prowess. He is no slouch with the bat, however, and has been steadily working himself through the minors, hoping to get a chance in the Bronx. That time is now.
Since he is blocked in the middle infield by Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro, Wade has been making a case for playing time down in AAA with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Though primarily a middle infielder, those around New York have wondered if he could transition to third base, which could provide his best opportunity for regular playing time. With Castro injured, he will likely slot in at second base and provide a stable presence.
Tyler Wade, 22, has proven that he can consistently handle Triple-A pitching, slashing .313/.390/.445 for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Known more for his gap power and ability to spray the ball to all fields, Wade can contribute in a lot of ways offensively.
So far this season, he has doubled 16 times, tripled three times and homered five times. He has struck out 56 times, but he also walks at a good clip, showing patience and plate discipline. Once on base, he is a threat to pitchers as well. He has stolen 24 bags so far in Triple-A and it is a good bet that he will be doing more swiping in the Bronx.
While not the most glamorous prospect or even the prospect with the highest ceiling, Wade plays the game hard and does everything well. It remains to be seen what the Yankees will ask of him once he arrives with the team, but no doubt he is ready for the challenge, as he has little left to prove at the Triple-A level.
Wade will bring contact skills, speed and position versatility to a Yankees team looking for answers.