10:00am: The Twins have called up Wade and placed utilityman Willians Astudillo on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain.
7:11am: The Twins are calling up outfield prospect LaMonte Wade Jr. from Triple-A Rochester, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News first suggested Wade would receive a promotion). Wade is already on the Twins’ 40-man roster, though they will need to make a corresponding 25-man move.
The 25-year-old Wade’s first major league call-up comes as first-place Minnesota is dealing with injuries in its outfield. Starting center fielder Byron Buxton and the outfield-capable duo of Marwin Gonzalez and Ehire Adrianza have all landed on the injured list over the past two weeks. The club also saw No. 1 left fielder Eddie Rosario suffer an ankle sprain in Wednesday’s win over Tampa Bay, though manager Rocco Baldelli indicated afterward it’s not a serious injury, per Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Wade joined the Twins as a ninth-round pick in 2015. He debuted in Rochester last season and has since posted a .238/.366/.351 line with nine home runs and 11 stolen bases in 590 plate appearances. While that’s not stellar aggregate production, Wade’s plate discipline and on-base skills have opened eyes this year. The lefty swinger has collected more walks (50) than strikeouts (42), which has helped lead to a lofty .395 OBP. FanGraphs’ Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen credited Wade’s walk-drawing ability and “rangy, corner outfield defense” when they ranked him as the Twins’ 16th-best prospect back in April.