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Wade no longer! New York Yankees prospect Tyler Wade’s strong spring has earned him a spot on the Opening Day roster, as announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Neil Walker signing certainly didn’t slow Tyler Wade down. The New York Yankees have spoken so highly of Wade this spring and it seems like all that hard work has paid off.

Manager Aaron Boone broke the news to reporters on Tuesday afternoon after the Yankees’ 8-3 loss in Lakeland against the Detroit Tigers.

First of all, congratulations are in order for Wade! As spring training started, he was flying under the radar, with all the attention focused on Gleyber Torres for the starting spot at second base.

Second, despite his struggles in the past (.155 BA with the major league club in 30 games last season), the Yankees stuck with Wade and it is paying off. Will that strong spring carry over into the regular season? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Wade has posted a .316/.438/.447 line this spring and despite having no home runs, Wade has three doubles and two stolen bases, constantly showing off his sweet stroke and insane speed.

Even Tuesday afternoon, prior to his roster announcement, Wade put on a clinic against the Tigers. Wade went 2-for-3 on the afternoon with a triple and a run scored.

Besides his impressive performance at the plate, he has also put on a show in the infield. His versatility was already praised by Willie Randolph but seeing him on the field is something else. Wade looked like he was injured early on this spring but he’s come back stronger than ever, making diving stops and incredible throws from second.

Despite only getting 30 games last season, it seems like we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of his skill this season.

The likely scenario will be that Wade will platoon with Neil Walker at second and serve as a back-up for a few other infield positions, as well as the outfield if injuries befall the crowded outfield.

Congratulations to Tyler Wade! We look forward to seeing you out on the field Opening Day.

Allison is just a girl with an enormous passion for the game of baseball and the written word. Based in Upstate New York, her life-long relationship with the New York Yankees is something that she developed through close relationships with her mother and grandfather. An aspiring sports writer, she graduated with a journalism degree and is finding places to share her excitement about the sporting world and how it affects us all.