The New York Yankees selected shortstop Tyler Wade in the fourth round of the 2103 draft out of Murrieta Valley High School and signed him to a slot $371,300 bonus. Wade, who bats left and throws with his right arm, decided to sign with the Yankees instead of taking his scholarship offer from San Diego State.
After signing with the Yankees on June 13, Wade passed his physical and was assigned to the Rookie Gulf Coast League Yankees. He would play 46 games and produce a slash line of .309/.429/.370. Of his 50 hits, 10 were doubles. He scored 37 runs while stealing 11 bases out of 12 attempts.
On August 28, the Yankees promoted Wade to the short-season A Staten Island Yankees. He appeared in four games, earning one hit in 13 at-bats, drawing two walks.
The Yankees were impressed with Wade’s performance in 2013 and advanced Wade another rung up the ladder to the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League. Wade played shortstop primarily while filling in at second base. He played in 129 games with the Dogs putting up a slash line of .272/350/.349. He had 138 hits, 24 of which were doubles, six triples, and one homerun. Wade stole 22 bases but was caught 13 times. He crossed the plate 77 times in 2014. Wade struggled in the field committing 20 errors at shortstop in 94 games at the position in 417 chances, which comes out to a .952 fielding percentage.
With his strong performance at Charleston, the Tampa Yankees of the High-A Florida State League was the next stop for Wade. Wade played in 98 games while collecting 103 hits, 11 of which were doubles with five triples and a pair of home runs. Those numbers added up to a slash line of .280/.349/.353. Wade swiped 31 bases while getting caught 15 times.
On August 5, Wade would be promoted once again to the Trenton Thunder of the Double-A Eastern League. Wade was put into action and appeared in 29 games and posted a .204 average with 23 hits, four of which were doubles with one home run.
Wade again struggled defensively at short, posting a .932 while making 31 errors in 455 chances between Tampa and Trenton.
The Yankees were impressed though overall with Wade and sent him to play in the Arizona Fall League with the Surprise Saguaros. He appeared in 14 games and hit .220. Of his nine hits, two were doubles, and he did drive in six runs.
Wade was assigned to the Trenton Thunder and played in 133 games for the Thunder. He produced a slash line of 259/.352/.349 with 131 hits, 16 doubles seven triples, and five home runs. He drove in 27 runs and stole 27 bases in 35 attempts while scoring 95 runs. Once again, he struggled defensively at shortstop committing 20 errors in 352 chances amounting to a .943 fielding percentage.
Wade has proven to be a solid hitter with flaws in his defensive game. He’s a line drive contact type hitter with excellent speed. At shortstop, his speed does help him with his range, but he commits a lot of errors, and his arm strength is a concern. The ability is there to be a good defensive player, and that would make him a more rounded player considering his substantial output at the plate. He has also played well at second base and could see more time there as well. Wade is also a very durable player and has not seen any extended time off due to injury.
Wade had a solid performance at Trenton and could find himself with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the International League. Look for Wade to continue to spend most of his time at shortstop with time at second base as well. The shortstop position is open with the RailRiders, and Wade has steadily climbed through the Yankees system with solid performances.