Yankees prospect Tyler Wade has made a strong case for himself to make the 25-man roster. Well, it looks like he already has.
"Wade is on the team," manager Aaron Boone told The Post's George A. King III.
And rightfully so as he is currently hitting .316 with four extra-base hits, including a triple and double against the Tigers on Tuesday. it became apparent that Wade was making the roster when Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres were both sent down to minor league camp.
However, where exactly will Wade be playing? That is the question Boone must ponder as he also has Neil Walker, who can play anywhere in the infield like Wade, on the roster too. Boone said, though, if they keep producing, using either of them would be great.
"We feel like we have good options every day. I feel like there is plenty of at-bats for those guys," Boone said. "I hope they continue to play well so we have good decisions every day."
Wade had a rough go in the majors last season, posting a .155 average in 58 at-bats. But he looks like an entirely different player at the plate, and his defense has been stellar as expected.
He didn't hear Boone saying he made the team as he left the Yankees' facilities in Tampa before the announcement. But it was something he expected to happen based on his work this spring. Now, he is focused on sustaining his spot.
"I am humble and try to stay in the moment," Wade said. "I control what I can control and play my game."
Wade was a long shot to break camp with the Yankees when the club arrived in Tampa, but his offseason work in the gym and with the bat did the trick.
The sticking point for me will be the amount of time that Wade will be on the field. We already have an idea of how Wade will produce if used as the short end of a platoon with Neil Walker. Last season, Wade was glued to the bench for an extended period and as a 22-year-old was expected to perform on a whim. He couldn't.
I've remarked all through spring training that if Wade made the Opening Day roster, it would be imperative that he be the everyday starter at second base. That is not likely to be the case with Aaron Boone already indicating that Walker will get reps at the keystone, but the concept remains the same -- allow Wade to receive the lion's share of starts per week to keep his bat fresh.
Wade could be part of the future in New York where Walker is a veteran backup who might perform well as a pinch-hitter late in games. As such, I think Wade should receive a bulk of the starts at second base with Walker filling in around the diamond as deemed necessary by Boone.