Former Terp LaMonte Wade Jr. stepped onto a Major League field for the first time Friday night as he made his debut with the Minnesota Twins. After being called up on Thursday from Triple-A Rochester, Wade made the starting lineup in the team’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
In the nine hole and starting in right field, Wade earned two plate appearances, one of which he reached base on a hit-by-pitch. He was caught stealing second base in the inning. Wade was pinch hit for in the seventh by Nelson Cruz, who walked in his only plate appearance in the Twins’ loss.
Wade got the call to the majors after a series of unfortunate events for the ball club, where four outfielders suffered injuries in the last month. Left fielder Eddie Rosario sprained his ankle in the game Wednesday night, prompting Wade’s transition to the Minnesota Twins.
Wade’s journey to the major leagues were fast. After being drafted by Minnesota in the ninth round of the 2015 MLB Draft, the outfielder quickly moved up the ranks to Double-A, where he spent his entire 2017 season. The following season, Wade was sent to Triple-A Rochester.
In Triple-A ball, Wade posted a .238/.366./.351, complimented with nine home runs and 11 stolen bases. The outfielder’s defensive skills also proved to be a valuable asset to the Red Wings team.
With the numerous injuries plaguing the Twins’ outfield, Wade should see plenty of time on the field and in the lineup. The playoff-contending organization will finish out the weekend series on the south side of Chicago with Wade on the roster.