5 Yankees with the most to prove heading into 2020
By Ryan Doyle
The spotlight will shine bright on Yankees utility man Tyler Wade in 2020
UTIL Tyler Wade
A slick fielder and one of the fastest players in all of the sport, Tyler Wade has the tools to be the perfect utility man.
Entering the 2020 season, Wade has the keys to multiple backup roles on the Yankees. When Gleyber Torres or D.J. LeMahieu need a day off, Wade will likely be the option off the bench. His ability to play corner outfield positions will also make him a frequent pinch-runner or defensive sub late in games.
The problem with Wade is his inability to hit. In 109 career games, Wade’s .197/.268/.298 will need to improve if he is going to find himself in the lineup often. Plus, his spring training wasn’t exactly something to call home about. He hit just .131 in 11 games.
Wade did show signs of life with the bat last year, with a .245/.330/.362 line. Those numbers aren’t exactly impressive but for a backup who specializes in defense and speed, it will suffice.
Working in Wade’s favor is his minor league options. Wade can still ride the “Scranton Shuttle” for one more season which does give him some breathing room if he does have struggles at the plate. Still, this is his last season with that luxury.
New York has options in the minors who can play a similar role to Wade. In particular, Thairo Estrada will push for playing time at multiple backup positions. Estrada saw his first MLB action last season, playing in 35 games and hitting .250/.294/.438.
If Wade wants to prove that he is the ultimate utility weapon, 2020 will be his best shot.