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
$Signed a one-year contract with the Angels in August of 2018.
Makes Opening Day roster
OFLos Angeles Angels
July 23, 2020
Ward is included on the Angels' 30-man roster.
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Though Ward is not the primary or backup option at any particular position, his versatility could prove valuable given the uncertain nature of the 2020 campaign. Most importantly, the 26-year-old is capable of playing catcher, allowing the Angels to carry him as a contingency option behind Jason Castro and Max Stassi.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+126%
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 .625 77 8 3 7 0 .211 .273 .352
Since 2018vs Right .562 147 15 4 11 2 .167 .252 .311
2020vs Left .343 15 3 0 1 0 .143 .200 .143
2020vs Right .774 14 2 0 0 0 .250 .357 .417
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
 
 
+48%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+334%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+156%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .704 108 13 5 10 1 .198 .287 .417
Since 2018Away .476 116 10 2 8 1 .168 .233 .243
2020Home .789 18 4 0 1 0 .267 .389 .400
2020Away .182 11 1 0 0 0 .091 .091 .091
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
0.33
 
BB Rate
10.3%
 
K Rate
31.0%
 
BABIP
.294
 
ISO
.077
 
AVG
.192
 
OBP
.276
 
SLG
.269
 
OPS
.545
 
wOBA
.250
 
Exit Velocity
81.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
64.7%
 
Barrels/PA
3.4%
 
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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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Could make squad as No. 3 catcher
OFLos Angeles Angels
April 17, 2020
Ward's path to making the Angels' Opening Day roster is as a corner outfielder, but he would be the team's third catcher if he does break camp with Los Angeles, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange Country Register reports.
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Trails in bid for roster spot
OFLos Angeles Angels
March 23, 2020
Ward enjoyed a strong spring but was likely surpassed by Michael Hermosillo in a competition for one of the final spots on the Angels' Opening Day roster, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Slams first homer
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 26, 2019
Ward went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in a loss to Oakland on Wednesday.
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Returns from illness
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 18, 2019
Ward did not travel with the team Sunday due to illness but is back in the lineup at DH Wednesday, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Seeing time in left field
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 13, 2019
Ward's defensive struggles have led the Angels to play him in left field, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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