Wade Looking To Repeat

TAMPA, FL - Tyler Wade was one of the more consistent performers last year in his first full season despite being one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League. He has moved up to the Florida State League this year where he is still one of the younger position players in the league and he's looking for a repeat performance; becoming one of the more consistent players again.

[Photo by Mark Lomoglio]

Tyler Wade, only twenty years of age [and will be for the entire 2015 campaign], is not only one of the youngest position players in Florida State League but he's also a very promising young shortstop with natural leadership skills too.

Currently in his third year of professional ball, he was invited to the 'Captain’s Camp' which only fifteen prospects were asked to attend before Spring Training this year. Tampa Yankees manager Dave Bialas was incredibly impressed of Tyler’s efforts during camp to say the least.

“This Captain’s Camp is a special group of players," Bialas said. "There is only about fifteen guys in the organization that went and got special training. They received personal attention as far as the game goes pertaining to their hitting and fielding. [Wade] had a great spring and was well prepared."

That preparation, however, began way before he ever reported to Tampa this spring. Having all the intangibles as well as the physical tools to one day play in the big leagues, Wade did not waste anytime looking to improve this offseason and build off of a very good first full season last year.

"Me and my trainer Kyle basically worked out everyday and really focused on developing myself more as an athlete, and becoming a more all-around better player," Wade said. "I’ve really focused on being quicker and having a better first step. I feel good this year."

Hitting in the number two slot at the top of the order, Wade not only has felt good but he's looked good too. Hitting .338 so far this season which has tied him for fourth in the Florida State League and currently sporting an eight-game hit streak [and he's hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games], he has quickly proven to be a reliable bat once again. Hitting coach Tommy Slater has noticed the outstanding progression.

“He did great a job in Spring Training and did a lot of really good work with Gonzo [Edwar Gonzalez]," Slater said. "Gonzo was our hitting coach up in Charleston last year and Tyler carried that forward into Spring Training. He swings the bat really well, and gets the barrel to the ball, and anytime you can consistently get the barrel to the ball you're going to be a good hitter.”

All of his successes so far all stem from his personal drive to be not just good but great. He is one of the first prospects to be in the building every day.

“Tyler shows up every day ready to work and has a tremendous worth ethic," Slater added. "He and Mark [Payton] are some of the first guy’s here everyday ready to hit in the cage. Tyler has an idea of what he wants to do and that is impressive for a young guy.”

Bialas also has been impressed by the young shortstop and thinks he has all the intangibles as well as the physical game to make it to the big leagues someday.

“He’s staying on the ball real well, staying inside the ball, and hitting the ball to all parts of the field," Bialas said. "He is bunting for base hits, and this guy has all the tools to play in the big leagues. He is a shortstop who has great bat speed, can run well, and has a great arm.”

With eight errors so far this season, however, some might believe there is cause for concern for the young shortstop but everyone quickly nixes the idea of it being a recurring or long-term problem.

“I just had a little blunder a couple of days but I got back out there yesterday and I think we're good.” Wade said.

"Some of the best shortstops in the big leagues right now have made errors coming up in the minor leagues. It is not a concern I have. He has good hands and throws with accuracy, so it is not a concern at all,” Bialas said.

Consistency was a well preached word of the day defensively speaking, and is something the manager truly appreciates out of his players on a daily basis. It has been something Wade has been really focusing on, not just this year but ever since he joined the Yankee organization.

“It's just consistency out there," Bialas said. "He just needs to read the hops, when to charge and when to stay back and get that good hop you are looking for."

"There is always room for improvement in everything," Wade added. "We are playing really well together and have a great group of guys. We have a good thing going.

"I need to stay consistent. I came off a pretty good year last year and want to repeat that year or even have a better year.”

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