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Murrieta Athletes Step up to The Plate

Murrieta Athletes in Major League Baseball

Baseball players Tyler Wade (22) and Ryan Lillie (21) are representing Murrieta talent in the Major Leagues this year.  Wade, Murrieta Valley High School alum, was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2013 in the 4th round. This year he has appeared in 21 Yankee games. Ryan Lillie, Vista Murrieta High School alum, was picked up 5th round by the Miami Marlins in June of this year.

Tyler Wade (22) was born in Murrieta, CA and attended Murrieta Valley High School. Wade was a dedicated player from a young age. In an interview for the Yankees, Wade recalled how his dad would have to drag him from the batting cages because he would just “swing forever”. Murrieta Valley High Baseball Coach Monte Jones told interviewers Wade was a confident but humble player with impeccable work ethic during high school. Wade told interviewers his inspiration throughout the years was Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees. The Wade family took a trip to the old Yankee Stadium where they saw Jeter play when Tyler was ten years old.

In 2013, Wade was assigned to the New York Yankees Major League Baseball team. Since 2013, Wade has been steadily advancing through the divisions. First he played in Tampa, FL and then in Trenton, NJ. Today, Wade is a AAA player for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre AAA team. When players Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks got hurt this year, Wade stepped in. As of September 2017, he has appeared in over 21 New York Yankee games wearing those iconic stripes.

Ryan Lillie was raised in Murrieta, CA and played baseball at Vista Murrieta High School. In June 2017, the Miami Marlins signed Lillie in the 5th round. Lillie had been playing at University of California Riverside as a pitcher. During high school, Lillie was always a catcher. Lillie told hosts in an interview with Inland Empire Sports, he hoped he would get picked up by Florida.

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