Corey Nathaniel Wade is a professional baseball player from the United States of America who specializes in playing as a relief pitcher. Wade was a student at the Broad Ripple High School before going on to attend Kentucky Wesleyan College. In his junior season, Wade came into the limelight after pitching at a 2.39 ERA with 84 strikeouts in 71.2 innings.
At the 2004 MLB Draft, Wade was picked at 298th overall, by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wade was placed into the Rookie League with the Gulf Coast Dodgers and the Ogden Raptors, in 2004. After starting the following year at Ogden Raptors, Wade moved up to the A-League to play with the Columbus Catfish. With a 4.02 ERA and a 0-2 record, Wade was forced to start 2006 in the A-League as well, however he built up an impressive 6-5 win-loss record with 93 strikeouts in 93.2 innings, gaining a promotion to the Vero Beach Dodgers.
In the Advanced A-League, with the Vero Beach Dodgers, Wade had a 2-4 record in 7 games and ended the season with an 8.24 ERA. He moved to the Inland Empire 66ers, still in the Advanced A-League, playing 25 games with a 7-0 record and a 2.45 ERA. He had 67 strikeouts in 66 innings, gaining promotion to the Jacksonville Suns.
In the AA-League, Wade played 14 games at 1.36 ERA with 33.00 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched. Wade ended his season early due to an injury, also resulting in a A-League start to the 2008 season. Wade played one game with the Great Lakes Loons before returning to the Jacksonville Suns in the AA-League.
After 6 games for the Suns, a highly rated Wade made his way into the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup for 55 games towards the end of the season. He pitched 71.1 innings with 51 strikeouts and had a 2-1 record at an ERA of 2.27. His impressive pitching performance wasn’t enough to keep him in the MLB roster at the start of 2009, although that was just for a bare minimum period of one game, which he spent with the Albuquerque Isotopes.
A game later, Wade was back in the MLB although this time ‘round, his performance was quite below average. Wade had a 5.53 ERA in 27 games along with a 2-3 record, which prompted a push down to the Albuquerque Isotopes towards the end of the season.
Wade was named to the 40-man roster for the Dodgers at the beginning of the 2010 season again.