4th Round, 134th Overall: Tyler Wade, SS, Murrieta Valley HS (CA), 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, Pick Value: $371,300, BA Pre-Draft Rank: 168
Baseball America’s report: Wade played at the Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game last fall but mostly flew under the scouting radar until this spring, when he has hit .524 with six doubles and six triples through 84 at-bats. He also impressed with his defense at shortstop, showing enough range, actions and above-average arm strength to give him a chance to stick at the position. At 6-foot-1, 178 pounds, Wade is a live-bodied athlete with above-average speed. He has a handsy swing and a line-drive approach, and he could become an average hitter down the road. He needs to get stronger, and he projects for below-average power. A San Diego State recruit, Wade has draft helium and could go off the board as early as the fourth or fifth round.
MLB.com’s report: Wade has played his way up Draft boards with an excellent senior season. He is a speedy, lithe athlete and, at 6-foot-2, 178 pounds, has room to get stronger. Wade has hit well all spring, utilizing his line-drive stroke well. He has below-average power and is unlikely to ever develop much. He has plus speed and his game is best suited for the top of the lineup. Defensively, Wade has convinced scouts he can play shortstop as a professional. He has good range and an above-average arm. Wade is committed to San Diego State.
MY TAKE: The Yankees really don’t have a lot at the shortstop position in the farm system. Wade will help fill that hole. That is if he can stick at the shortstop position and continue to hit. If he can do that he’ll be an exciting prospect in no time.
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