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Exclusive Interview With Yankees Prospect Tyler Wade

Last year you were strictly a shortstop, but in 2014 you moved around a bit. Playing a handful of games at second base and a game at third. Do you feel you will stay at short as you move up, or do you see a move to second or third? If you had to choose between second or third, which position are you more comfortable playing?
I feel myself sticking at short as I go up, as the year went on we wanted to work at second just to be familiar with both sides of the field. I feel like I’ll always be up the middle, the one game at third was a long extra inning game and we had to move guys around, so I see myself staying up the middle.

As a professional you only have one homerun, is power something you are working on developing or are you working on utilizing your speed more?
I think power is something I’m working on, it’s coming with maturity and strength, I’ll run into some here and there, but I don’t see myself as a power guy. I feel like my role is a gap to gap player and use my speed on the base paths.

Describe your approach at the plate. Did you make any changes before or during the season?
My approach at the plate is simple, I try to stick to my plan and get my pitch to hit and square it up and not try to do too much. We didn’t make any major adjustments during the year, we mainly just focused on being smart at the plate and when I get my pitch drive it.

What was the major focus for you this year? What was the main thing you and the coaches worked on during the season?
During the year me and one of our infield coaches Justin Tordi, really focused on my defensive game and my footwork and be able to get to balls and setting myself up to make all the routine plays.”

What is your focus for the off season? What changes are you looking to make for next season?
My main focus this off season is to train hard and get stronger, bigger and faster and be able to put all the off-season work into my game in the 2015 year. Not looking for any changes for the season, just keep working hard, making progress every day and learning and getting better. I’m ready to get back out there and play the game I love.

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