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Yankees 2015 Roster Report Card: Tyler Wade

The Yankees have Didi Gregorius and Jorge Mateo, but what about Tyler Wade? Where does he fit in?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Grade: B

2015 Statistics: .262/.321/.333, 33 SB, 535 PA

2016 Roster Status: A+/AA; Non-40

While everyone is talking about the plays Didi Gregorius is making or how many bases Jorge Mateo is stealing, Tyler Wade is over here doing both as another Yankees shortstop. Granted, he likely doesn't have the ceiling that either of them have, but there are reasons to be excited about Wade's rise through the system.

Drafted in 2013, Wade has only spent three seasons in the organization, and yet he's already reached Double-A Trenton at the age of 20. While he's hit well for a shortstop, he's not exactly a huge offensive threat. Where he has succeeded is on the base paths, as he's stolen 66 total bases in three years. A number that pales in comparison to Mateo's 81 in 2015 for sure, but not everyone can be inhuman. Despite a high number of errors, many believe him to be a consistent fielder who should stick at shortstop longterm. It could be that a fair number of those errors are on balls that many fielders can't even touch.

The biggest reason why he's moved so quickly, however, is because the Yankees absolutely love him. He's a line drive hitter who can take walks and make solid contact. He's a good fielder and base stealer. He's praised for his work ethic, his maturity level, and demeanor on and off the field. The Yankees really see him as a leader and their aggressive approach with him shows that. It also doesn't hurt to be the organization's 9th best prospect. In 2015, Wade hit .280/.349/.353, which is perfectly acceptable for a middle infielder. He stole 31 bases and maintained a decent 9.3% walk-rate in High-A Tampa before getting the bump up to Trenton. He didn't perform much in his short time there, but he'll have next season to really prove himself at the level.

There were some rumblings before the season that the Yankees could try to turn one of their prospects into a super-versatile utility player akin to Ben Zobrist, and at the time Tyler Wade made a lot of sense for that role. However, other than some time at second base in 2014 when he yielded to Abiatal Avelino, Wade has been strictly used as a shortstop. The hold-up might obviously be about how his bat would play at any other position, but with Gregorius' great first season in pinstripes and Mateo coming up the line right behind him, it might make sense to see how he does at second or third or even center field. Unfortunately, as things stand right now, he doesn't seem to have much of a future on the current big league roster, but, the Yankees can afford to give him time to develop in the field and at the plate before they really need to entertain the idea of trading him.

We should see Wade in big league spring training this year and he'll start the year in Double-A Trenton as the starting shortstop. Because of a lack of talent at the Triple-A level, he could find himself in Scranton by the summer. He'll have to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft next winter, so they can't just stash him in the minors forever, but it might be only a matter of time before he starts serving in a role similar to what Brendan Ryan has been filling. Let's just hope he's a little better (and healthier).