LaMonte Aaron Wade, Jr. (pronounced lah-MONT)...Twitter: @WadesWorld6...Instagram: @lamonte.wade...attended St. Paul High School in Brooklandville, MD where he was a four-year letter-winner in baseball and basketball and was named to the 2012 Preseason Under Armour All-American Team and the 2012 Baltimore Sun All-Metro First-Team...attended the University of Maryland...made the transfer from first base to centerfield as a junior in 2015...finished second on the team with a .335 (53-for-158) batting average while his .453 on-base percentage led all Terrapins...stole seven bases, walked 30 times compared to striking out 20 and made just one error in the field...in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, was named the LA Regional Most Outstanding Player after hitting .400 (6-for-15) with two home runs in four games...is an avid ping pong player and practices against a robot.
...Spent second spring training with the Twins and optioned to Triple-A Rochester March 12....Drew 18 walks in 22 games in April (.436 OBP) for Red Wings, 15 walks in 25 games in May (.333 OBP) and 20 walks in 25 games in June (.429 OBP)....Hit .248 (59-for-238) with 11 doubles, one triple, five home runs, 24 RBI and 51 walks in 70 games for the Red Wings and was recalled by Minnesota June 27 (Willians Astudillo - IL)...51 walks were tied for IL lead at time of recall....Made major league debut June 28 at Chicago-AL, hitting ninth and starting in rightfield; went 0-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch...second Twin to ever be hit by a pitch in first career plate appearance, the other being Brian Dinkelman on June 4, 2011 at Kansas City....Optioned back to Rochester June 29 and played in six more games with the Wings before being recalled again July 6....Placed on Injured List next day, July 7 with a right thumb dislocation, colliding with the centerfield wall that day vs. Texas....Played in 10 games on rehab assignment between Single-A Cedar Rapids and Double-A Pensacola from August 17-27...returned from rehab assignment and reinstated from IL September 1....Recorded his first major league hit and RBI on September 8 vs. Cleveland on an infield single to second base....Hit first career major league home run September 15 at Cleveland, a two-run shot off Shane Bieber....Named best plate discipline in Twins minor league system by Baseball America following season.
Was an invite to Twins spring training, the first of his career; reassigned to minor league camp March 18...Began season with Double-A Chattanooga...Placed on the 7-day disabled list May 18 with a left shoulder A/C joint sprain; reinstated May 29...Named to Southern League Midseason All-Star team while at Chattanooga...Promoted to Triple-A Rochester June 9...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week July 7, hitting .304 (7-for-23) with two triples, two home runs, four RBI, two walks and one stolen base in six games for the Red Wings...Placed on 7-day disabled list August 3 with a right hamstring strain, returned and played 23 games for the Red Wings to finish the season...At both stops combined, played 83 games (80 starts) in leftfield and 24 games (23 starts) in rightfield...recorded 11 assists and committed three errors... Combined to hit .257 (109-for-424) with 11 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs, 48 RBI, 54 runs scored, 10 stolen bases and a .360 on-base
percentage in 120 games between Chattanooga and Rochester... Added to Twins 40-man roster November 20.
Spent entire season with Double-A Chattanooga ... Named Twins minor league Player of the Week May 13, hitting .440 (11-for-25) with two doubles, one home run, five RBI and nine walks in eight games for the Lookouts ... Named Southern League Midseason All-Star ... Placed on 7-day disabled list with right thumb sprain; reinstated August 11 ... Hit .313 (31-for-99) against left-handed pitching and .286 (93-for-325) against right-handed pitching ... Played for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .238 (15-for-63) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs, eight RBI and a .351 on-base percentage in 19 games ... Ranked as having the best strike-zone discipline in Twins system by Baseball America, entering 2018.
Split season between Single-A Cedar Rapids and Single-A Ft. Myers, combining to hit .293 (93-for-317) with eight home runs and 51 RBI in 88 games between two levels...named Midwest League Midseason All-Star after leading the league with a .439 on-base percentage...participated in the Midwest League All-Star Game Home Run Derby...transferred to Ft. Myers June 22 but was inactive until July 1...placed on disabled list August 9 through remainder of season with bruised left hand...named Twins Organizational All-Star by MiLB.com...named 26th-best prospect in Twins organization following the 2016 season by MLB.com...rated as the best athlete in Twins organization by Baseball America following the season.
Began first professional season with Rookie-Elizabethton...named Appalachian League Player of the Week August 10...transferred to Single-A Cedar Rapids September 2 and finished the season playing four games with the Kernels...named to Appy League Postseason All-Star team... finished the season with the third most games (64) and third highest on-base percentage (.428) in the Appy League, as well as fourth most RBI (44) and hits (72) and the ninth highest batting average (.312).