Q&A with Yankees 4th Round Pick Tyler Wade

We sat down with Yankees' 4th round pick, Tyler Wade, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the shortstop from Murrieta Valley High School in California says about his game, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, what he'll bring to the Yankees organization, and much more.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Yankees?

Tyler Wade: It's a dream come true. I always loved watching them so in a way they're kind of like my dream team, and to be selected by this is a surreal feeling.

PinstripesPlus.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?

Wade: I'm fast, I can get on base using my speed, and defensively I make the routine plays. The Yankees are an old school team and they always play the game hard. I'm an old school player myself. I don't like to be flashy and I always give 110 percent. I play hard.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Wade: My strengths are definitely my speed and my bat. I'm able to get on base and make the pitcher work. My weakness would be my strength. I'm 18 years old so that's just going to have to come with time.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Wade: I came around this year, and I'm trying to do more throws. I worked with a couple of guys this year like Jake Wilson to polish my defensive game like my glove to make everything real smooth.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Wade: I'd say Jose Reyes because he plays the game hard all the time and makes good plays.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?

Wade: I was talking to them very seriously, but at the same time I was still surprised because it was such a surreal feeling. I had previous contact with them and my advisor, Andy Shaul, really helped me so he was really my only connection.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?

Wade: I see myself staying at shortstop throughout my career.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Wade: Right now - I mean my head is spinning I'm so wound up and excited. I'd definitely say it's now.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?

Wade: Yankees, and Derek Jeter actually.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your immediate plans now that the Yankees have drafted you? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Wade: Yes I'm going to sign right now.

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\r\nTyler Wade: It's a dream come true. I always loved watching them so in a way they're kind of like my dream team, and to be selected by this is a surreal feeling.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?
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\r\nWade: I'm fast, I can get on base using my speed, and defensively I make the routine plays. The Yankees are an old school team and they always play the game hard. I'm an old school player myself. I don't like to be flashy and I always give 110 percent. I play hard.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
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\r\nWade: My strengths are definitely my speed and my bat. I'm able to get on base and make the pitcher work. My weakness would be my strength. I'm 18 years old so that's just going to have to come with time.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?
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\r\nWade: I came around this year, and I'm trying to do more throws. I worked with a couple of guys this year like Jake Wilson to polish my defensive game like my glove to make everything real smooth.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
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\r\nWade: I'd say Jose Reyes because he plays the game hard all the time and makes good plays.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
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\r\nWade: I was talking to them very seriously, but at the same time I was still surprised because it was such a surreal feeling. I had previous contact with them and my advisor, Andy Shaul, really helped me so he was really my only connection.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
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\r\nWade: I see myself staying at shortstop throughout my career.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nWade: Right now - I mean my head is spinning I'm so wound up and excited. I'd definitely say it's now.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
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\r\nWade: Yankees, and Derek Jeter actually.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What are your immediate plans now that the Yankees have drafted you? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
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\r\nWade: Yes I'm going to sign right now.
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