Today’s prospect watch is about LaMonte Wade, who is currently having a phenomenal 2016 campaign between low and high Single-A, which he is at high Single-A right now. The 22-year-old outfielder was drafted last year in the ninth round (260 overall). He is estimated to reach the show in 2018, but if he continues to stroke the ball around the park, he should be up near the end of next season with a chance to win a spot in 2018. He has high praise from current front office personnel and others in the Twins system.
Now, the 22nd ranked prospect in the Twins’ farm system has combined to hit .297 with 6 homers and driving in 45 RBIs in 75 games. He has a discipline approach to the plate and recognizes pitches well for a Single-A player, but he has more experience over others, as he played college ball at the University of Maryland. His approach has led to more walks (51) than strikeouts (33) and a nice OBP of .415.
Furthermore, Wade has some quality speed in his arsenal, but he needs to learn how to use it to perfection, as he can be a dynamic threat on the base paths. Now, his speed does translate to the outfield. He covers lots of ground and can play all three outfield positions. He would fit better in the corner outfield spot due to his arm strength fitting the profile, but his bat will be undervalued as a corner outfielder, so he has his pros and cons.
Finally, Wade will be at Double-A at some point this season. He has batted over .330 in his last ten games and will continue to do so, as he gets better throughout the season.