2013 Draft: Yankees sign fourth rounder Tyler Wade

2013 Draft: Yankees sign first rounder Eric Jagielo
Eric Jagielo and the fast track

Via Jim Callis: The Yankees have signed fourth round pick Tyler Wade for a $371,300 bonus. That is exactly slot money for the 134th overall pick. Earlier this week we heard the high school shortstop from Southern California was on his way to Tampa, presumably for his physical.

Wade, 18, is a “is a live-bodied athlete with above-average speed … a handsy swing and a line-drive approach, and he could become an average hitter down the road” according to Baseball America (subs. req’d). They also say he “impressed with his defense at shortstop, showing enough range, actions and above-average arm strength to give him a chance to stick at the position.” Wade needs to add some muscle to his 6-foot-1, 175 lb. frame to avoid getting the bat knocked out of his hands by better fastballs, however.

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2013 Draft: Yankees sign first rounder Eric Jagielo
Eric Jagielo and the fast track
  • Jorge Brosada

    Sooo this guy is already better than Culver, right?…

    • The Real Me

      Not necessarily …

      Wade needs to add some muscle to his 6-foot-1, 175 lb. frame to avoid getting the bat knocked out of his hands by better fastballs, however.

      I think we heard similar comments about Culver.

      • trr

        Mmm-Hmm

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Then again, we didn’t hear “And the Yankees pick……Cito Culver, SS, from somewhere in upstate NY. Never heard of the fucking guy” from Mike during the first round draft chat this time around.

    • pat

      Whatever helps you sleep at night.

  • CountryClub

    Another one….

    K. Levine-Flandrup ?@YankeesDraft 39m #Yankees have reached agreement w/ 11th rd #mlbdraft pick Kendall Coleman pending phys. High ceiling Domonic Brown comp flying to FL Thur

  • Robinson Tilapia

    It’s a good thing he’s a live-bodied guy. I hate it when the Yankees sign dead bodies.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      They generally don’t do that with draft picks.
      They save that strategy for over the hill vets.

      • Travis L.

        Cito. Culver.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      They typically sign dead bodies during the offseason like Youkilis, Ichiro, Wells, Ibanez, etc.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Wasn’t Sam Stafford legally dead when they picked him in the draft?

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          I think he was alive but his arm was only partially attached to his torso.

    • trr

      another DBJ comment?

    • John

      They have done that quite often lately, ex. Your!

  • CountryClub

    K. Levine-Flandrup ?@YankeesDraft 1m After graduation #Yankees 1st & 2nd rd #MLBDraft picks, Ian Clarkin and Gosuke Katoh will fly to Tampa together on Mon from San Diego.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Somehow, Katoh will hate the Yankees by the time he gets there.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Is Clarkin going to be a tough sign for us?

    What’s the consensus? I really REALLY want to get our top 3 locked down.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’ll sign. Might go down to the deadline, but he’ll sign. Wouldn’t be surprised if they lock down all the other draft pool picks first so they know exactly how much they have to offer.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Cool, thanks.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Going on gut feeling, but I think he’ll sign as well. I think the “life-changing money” thing sounds like standard negotiation (and his slot bonus IS life-changing money) and there is too much being made as to who he rooted for as a child.

      • CountryClub

        Just curious, why would he be flying to Tampa on Monday if he hasn’t agreed to a deal? Wouldn’t that be out of the oridnary?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Strip bars.

          • A.D.

            Or all the other sights Tampa has to offer

            • The Real Me

              My sister, brother-in-law and 2 nephews?

            • Robinson Tilapia

              The Dali museum?

            • trr

              easy now…

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Nah, they take physicals early to get them out of the way, in case there’s a Ty Hensley situation or talks go down to the final minute.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Do the Yankees get an extra pick next year if he doesn’t sign?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Yep, but they should sign him. He’s way better than the typical 34th overall pick (comp pick they’d get next year) prospect.

          • Manny’s BanWagon

            Get the bag of cash and a group of hookers ready for his arrival then.

            • trr

              Perhaps I should fly down first to be sure everything is…acceptable

          • BeanTooth

            If he’s way better than a typical 34th pick, how’d the Yanks end up with him? Did his stock drop or people were scared away by the scholarship?

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              Not everyone shares my opinion :)

              • trr

                No Cito Culver, he.
                For the NYY, Tyler Wade is tailor made

          • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

            That’s why I was curious as to the consensus to whether he’d get signed. We lose a shit-ton of value if we use it as a comp pick next year.

            Nothing’s for sure obviously, but I want Clarkin. He seems like a bit of a steal at that pick.

  • RetroRob

    Jagielo and Wade signed for slot. If they need more money for Clarkin, a couple or so others need to come in under. Not sure who the likely candidates are for that.

    I wonder if announcing that your #1 pick signed for slot will help by sending a signal to the others: the money is going and we’re not going over slot…at least by much.

    • Tom

      They will save a bunch of money with a lot of the round 5-10 guys.

      They also have just under 400K they can go overbudget without losing a pick next year (if they are willing to pay the 75% tax on that).

      Depending on Judge (no idea if he’s slot? over?) and Katoh (I though I read somewhere he may be under), they should probably have at least~500-600K to work with.

      Of course they may want some of that money for post round 10 picks too. Or Judge may be a tougher sign and go a bit overlsot.