The Yankees selected Brandon Wagner in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of Howard College. The Princeton, New Jersey native bounced around the field for a couple of years before finally settling in at first base last year.
After signing his first professional contract, he reported to the Staten Island Yankees of the NY-Penn League where he was a regular part of the lineup, splitting his time mostly between second base and third base with one game at shortstop. In 52 games, 162 at-bats, he hit .228/.347/.364.
Wagner took a step back in 2016 to work on trying to find a position fit him best. He played second base and outfield for the Gulf Coast League Yankees before moving over to first base. With the GCL Yankees, he hit .283/.367/.509 in 29 games, 106 at-bats with seven doubles, a triple and five home runs while driving in 17 runs. After a mid-season promotion to Pulaski, he hit .247/.371/.420 in 25 games, 81 at-bats with five more doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs and an addition 16 walks.
In 2017, Wagner spent the entire season with the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League. He hit .277/.380/.392 in 110 games, 372 at-bats. Throughout the season he hit 20 doubles, a triple and seven home runs while 51 RBIs and walked 57 times.
Since being drafted, Wagner has earned high praise from the Yankees coaches for his ability at the plate. He has a keen eye at the plate and uses a patient approach to work the count in his favor. He has found new confidence since moving to first last season. And that has shown in his strong season.
Wagner will likely continue his climb up the ladder and spend the 2018 season with the Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League.