Taylor Ward
Taylor Ward
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Angels
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Ward followed a breakthrough 2018 minor-league season with another stellar campaign last year, slashing .306/.427/.584 with 27 home runs and 11 stolen bases for Triple-A Salt Lake. His hot bat resulted in five separate callups to the big club, but shoddy defense and poor offense kept each stint prior to September roster expansion brief. Ward was eventually moved to left field and finally appeared comfortable defensively, but his offense never came around at the major-league level. His primary issue was simply making contact as he registered a putrid 47.9 K% in 48 big-league plate appearances. Ward hit the ball hard when he did manage to put bat to ball and has always been adept at drawing walks, but neither stat matters if his strikeout issues persist. This could be a make-or-break year for Ward as he has little left to prove at the minor-league level. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Angels in August of 2018.
Scores twice in win
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 23, 2020
Ward went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs Tuesday in the Angels' 4-2 win over the Padres.
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Ward has been one of the Angels' hottest hitters in September, slashing .422/.469/.600 with seven extra-base hits in 45 at-bats on the month. He'll hit seventh in Wednesday's series finale and will man right field, where he's overtaken the struggling Jo Adell as the Angels' primary option.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+54%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+55%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .677 101 11 3 9 1 .242 .287 .389
Since 2018vs Right .617 192 23 4 13 3 .202 .281 .335
2020vs Left .650 39 6 0 3 1 .263 .282 .368
2020vs Right .788 59 10 0 2 1 .302 .373 .415
2019vs Left .452 14 1 0 1 0 .167 .286 .167
2019vs Right .694 34 3 1 1 0 .200 .294 .400
2018vs Left .758 48 4 3 5 0 .244 .292 .467
2018vs Right .489 99 10 3 10 2 .144 .222 .267
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+45%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+58%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+156%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .760 143 20 5 14 2 .234 .315 .445
Since 2018Away .525 150 14 2 8 2 .200 .253 .271
2020Home .886 53 11 0 5 1 .319 .396 .489
2020Away .562 45 5 0 0 1 .250 .267 .295
2019Home .787 31 4 1 1 0 .250 .323 .464
2019Away .307 17 0 0 1 0 .071 .235 .071
2018Home .634 59 5 4 8 1 .151 .237 .396
2018Away .543 88 9 2 7 1 .195 .250 .293
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Stat Review
How does Taylor Ward compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
7.8%
 
K Rate
27.5%
 
BABIP
.394
 
ISO
.106
 
AVG
.277
 
OBP
.333
 
SLG
.383
 
OPS
.716
 
wOBA
.333
 
Exit Velocity
83.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.7%
 
Barrels/PA
2.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2016
They say it takes catchers longer to materialize at the plate, so perhaps the change to third base is what helped Ward take off at the plate last year. Playing in both the Southern and Pacific Coast League last season, Ward hit .349/.446/.531 with 14 homers and 18 steals before his late promotion to the big-league level. Major-league pitching was more of a struggle for him. You should be fully prepared for him to have another tour around the PCL unless the Angels move Zack Cozart to second base and give the job to Ward. The fact they traded for Tommy La Stella in the offseason points to them looking at a platoon situation at second base and giving Ward more time to work on his transition from catcher to third and continue to work on his swing as last year's numbers do not match up well to the consensus grades scouts have given him.
The Angels surprised many when they selected Ward with the 26th overall pick in the 2015 draft, but the early returns on the catcher out of Fresno State have been excellent. Ward slashed .348/.457/.438 with three home runs and six steals (on nine attempts) in 56 games across rookie ball and Low-A. This came as a very pleasant surprise, as Ward was touted for his plus arm behind the plate and the bat was supposed to lag behind the rest of the profile. Entering his age-22 season, Ward could actually move relatively fast for a catcher, as he has not yet shown any weaknesses. He will probably start the year back at Low-A, but could quickly receive a promotion to High-A if he continues to show an advanced approach at the plate.
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Draws fourth straight start
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 20, 2020
Ward will start in right field and will bat seventh Sunday against the Rangers.
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Stays hot
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 17, 2020
Ward went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base during the Angels' 7-3 Thursday afternoon victory over the Diamondbacks.
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Rejoins 28-man roster
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 3, 2020
Ward was recalled by the Angels on Thursday.
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Optioned to alternate site
OFLos Angeles Angels
August 18, 2020
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Getting first-base reps
OFLos Angeles Angels
August 16, 2020
Ward got an "extensive" workout at first base Sunday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times of reports.
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