The answer to this question is absolutely.
Tyler Wade is not only a viable option to start at second base on Opening Day at Toronto on March 29, 2018; he may perhaps be the Yankees best choice.
Last season Wade made his Major League debut and ended up appearing in 30 games. The Murrieta, California native slashed a measly .155/.222/.224 in 58 at-bats while looking nothing short of over-matched at the plate.
That was an extremely small sample size. Don’t write off Tyler just yet, remember how Aaron Judge looked in his first taste of big league action? We all know how he made an adjustment, and how it led to an American League Rookie of the Year selection.
What you may not know about the former 2013 fourth round selection is that he did slash .310/.382/.460 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A) with seven home runs, 22 doubles, four triples, and collected 31 RBI’s in 339 at bats before his mid-season call-up.
To be fair to Tyler, across his minor league career Wade slashed .275/.355/.364 so that is the type of production that you can expect from the 23-year old.
Now let’s talk about defense, speed/baserunning, and intangibles.
Defensively, Brian Cashman has worked hard with the player development staff to turn Wade into a Ben Zobrist type player. He can play second base, shortstop, third base, right field, and left field. And play them all pretty darn well at that. He is a plus defender and will be an asset as a utility player in 2018 if he doesn’t earn a starting gig.
Speed and baserunning Wade earns a plus-plus grade. He’s quick and smart on the base-paths, making him a treat to seat any base at any time. Tyler has stolen 119 bases in his minor league career and one in the bigs.
Last but not least, Wade’s intangibles are off the charts.
He is made for New York and will make the perfect Yankee. Just be patient, let him develop and then flourish in the Bronx for years to come.
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