Two Baby Bombers shortstops are reportedly on the move, with Tyler Wade headed to Double-A Trenton and Jorge Mateo being promoted to Class-A Advanced Tampa.
Wade’s promotion was reported at 12:58 Wednesday morning, when his agency tweeted congratulations to the 20-year-old on his bump to the Thunder.
— Paragon Sports (@ParagonSportInt) August 5, 2015
Wade was a fourth-round pick by the New York Yankees in the 2013 First-Year-Player Draft, and has done nothing but impress in his time in the farm system. He has spent the entire season with Tampa, posting a slash line of .280/.349/.353 with 103 hits, 11 doubles, five triples, two home runs, 28 RBI and 39 walks in 98 games.
He was a Florida State League All-Star this season, and was also named the FSL Player of the Week on July 13.
Later Wednesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Wade’s likely replacement is top prospect Jorge Mateo, who will be promoted to Tampa from the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs.
#Yankees moving up their SS prospects: Tyler Wade from Hi-A to AA, Jorge Mateo from Low-A to High-A Tampa.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 5, 2015
Mateo, 20, has hit .268 with two home runs, 33 RBI, and an amazing 71 stolen bases – the most in all of professional baseball – in 96 games for the RiverDogs this season. He has already played more games than in his previous three seasons combined, and he has 98 hits, 18 doubles, eight triples, and 36 walks to go along with the impressive line above.
The corresponding roster move for Charleston to replace Mateo has yet to be announced, but it is possible that Thairo Estrada could be promoted from the Staten Island Yankees. Estrada, 19, is hitting .292 for SI so far, but the presence of first-round pick Kyle Holder on the roster has meant that the natural shortstop has spent the majority of the season as a second baseman. The other option is to activate Angel Aguilar to be the everyday shortstop. Aguilar has played at 3 positions since joining the RiverDogs roster earlier this season.