Taylor Ward
Taylor Ward
25-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Los Angeles Angels
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Angels in June of 2015 that includes a $1.67 million signing bonus.
Delivers walk-off home run
3BLos Angeles Angels
September 30, 2018
Ward went 1-for-4 with a walk-off, two-run home run against Oakland on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
This marked the fourth home run Ward has hit in the past four contests, bringing his season total to six across 40 games with the Angels. He ends the year with a mediocre .178 average and .578 OPS, but he'll likely be in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot, likely as a bench bat, to begin 2019.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+55%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+55%
OPS vs LHP
2017
No Stats
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .758 48 4 3 5 0 .244 .292 .467
Since 2016vs Right .489 99 10 3 10 2 .144 .222 .267
2018vs Left .758 48 4 3 5 0 .244 .292 .467
2018vs Right .489 99 10 3 10 2 .144 .222 .267
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .634 59 5 4 8 1 .151 .237 .396
Since 2016Away .543 88 9 2 7 1 .195 .250 .293
2018Home .634 59 5 4 8 1 .151 .237 .396
2018Away .543 88 9 2 7 1 .195 .250 .293
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.20
 
BB Rate
6.1%
 
K Rate
30.6%
 
BABIP
.214
 
ISO
.156
 
AVG
.178
 
OBP
.245
 
SLG
.333
 
OPS
.578
 
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
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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Homers in victory
3BLos Angeles Angels
September 28, 2018
Ward went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Athletics.
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Goes deep in win
3BLos Angeles Angels
September 27, 2018
Ward went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Texas.
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Not in Sunday's lineup
3BLos Angeles Angels
September 23, 2018
Ward is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Houston.
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Out of lineup Saturday
3BLos Angeles Angels
September 15, 2018
Ward is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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On bench Tuesday
3BLos Angeles Angels
September 11, 2018
Ward is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers.
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