Yankees Vice President of Baseball Operations Tim Naehring sees SS Tyler Wade as a versatile defensive player who could play multiple positions in the future, he recently said to John Harper of the New York Daily News.
Wade, a non-roster invitee at Yankees spring training, hit .259 last season while collecting seven triples, five homers, and 27 RBI in 133 games for AA Trenton.
Naehring compared Wade to Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs because he has played so many positions. Zobrist has played both infield and outfield positions throughout his career, while Wade has played in the outfield during the offseason.
"A guy like Wade, he could probably play shortstop for as long as his career goes, but you see a Zobrist - he was part of two championship teams, and you see how beneficial it is for an above-average player to be able to play multiple positions." Naehring said.
"Wade's got the ability to be a Zobrist-type," he added. "He's dynamic on the bases, he can play in the middle of the diamond, and he can play in the outfield. I was amazed to see him in the Instructional League, it looked like he'd played outfield forever. He was taking good routes and he has plus-speed."