Versatile infield prospect Tyler Wade had a rude awakening to big league ball last summer with the Yankees, entering the year as a vaunted Ben Zobrist type and ending it reminding people of ex-Yankee Stephen Drew instead.
This spring, though, Wade has reset the perception once again, hitting .316 with a .438 OBP and an overdose of hustle. And he’s getting a new lease on major league life, as Yankees manager Aaron Boone finally confirmed Tuesday what we’d all dreamed about: Wade’s made the Opening Day roster.
Every Yankee fan was worried the team’s surprise acquisition of Neil Walker would block Wade’s roster spot, but Boone and the decision-makers are smarter than that. Getting the experienced Walker essentially for free didn’t negate everything Wade contributed prior; the opportunity only strengthened the offering.
And now Wade will get to contribute at a variety of positions, sharing duties with Walker and spelling Ronald Torreyes (and Brandon Drury) a bit as well in fill-in duty.
Wade hit just .155 with four doubles last time around, but overall in 2017, he continued patiently raking at Triple-A, hitting .310 with seven bombs for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, then capped off the year by remaking his swing in tandem with Albert Pujols. Make us proud, kid. You’ve more than earned another opportunity.