Now that Baseball America has unveiled their top 100 prospects, they have shifted their focus over to who are the best prospects in baseball by position. At second base (paid subscription required), they listed two New York Yankees that made the list, which were tied with the San Diego Padres for the most of any team.
Now, each list done by different sites is subjective and MLB Pipeline’s ranking of the top ten second basemen had Solak all the way at number five.Solak, who was picked in the Second Round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Louisville, had a strong 2017 season with Class-A Advanced Tampa and Double-A Trenton. The 23-year-old had a slash line of .297/.384/.452 with 12 home runs, 53 RBI’s, and 14 stolen bases.
Now, Solak could get lost in the shuffle because the Yankees have a lot of depth at the middle infield positions ahead of him. However, 2018 should be the year where he gets the chance to start at Double-A and make an impact for a full year at that level.
As for Wade, the Yankees are hoping that the consistency that he showed at the Triple-A level with Scranton Wilkes-Barre shows up soon in the big leagues. The 23-year-old only hit .155 in 30 games with the Bronx Bombers after having a .382 batting average at Triple-A.
At the same time, it is interesting that Wade ranked high at the second base spot when that wasn’t his primary position a season ago. While he played 15 games with the Yankees at second base, he was primarily a shortstop with the Railriders (54 games). But, he does have experience playing a multitude of positions, including the outfield.
Wade should be in the mix for either second or third base with the Yankees, but New York will probably need to see a great spring out of him to make the Opening Day roster as a utility player. He has the talent, but how it transitions to the big league level will be something to watch this season.