Taylor Ward

Taylor Ward

28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Angels
2023 Fantasy Outlook
A sore groin delayed Ward's debut a week. Once he was ready, Ward was one of the league's top batters with a .333/.443/.644 line in 38 games through June 3. He then visited the IL for 10 days after aggravating a hamstring injury. Upon returning, Ward couldn't find a groove, posting a .222/.297/.339 line over the next 63 games. He then missed a series in Toronto, but when he rejoined the club, Ward found his stroke and finished .339/.387/.548 over his final 34 contests. For the season, Ward's 137 wRC+ should assure a starting job, though the Angels outfield is getting crowded. His plate skills are strong, and Ward's 69th percentile average exit velocity, 66th percentile hard hit rate and 79th percentile all portend an MLB regular. A converted infielder, Ward's outfield defense is improving. Durability is an issue, but when healthy, Ward has the makings of a solid mixed league outfielder at a fair price. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year contract with the Angels in August of 2018.
Keeps mashing Monday
OFLos Angeles Angels
October 4, 2022
Ward went 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run and an RBI in Monday's extra-inning loss versus the Athletics.
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Ward continued his torrid stretch with two more hits Monday, both doubles. Over his last 18 games, he is batting .426 (29-for-68) with seven doubles, five home runs and 26 combined runs and RBI. Ward has had a streaky season, but he is finishing on an upswing, which is validated by his near-elite Statcast metrics. He should be a viable option for fantasy managers in 2023.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
38
10
2
29
9
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
12
3
6
17
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .765 280 35 6 28 2 .276 .355 .411
Since 2020vs Right .822 619 87 25 75 6 .272 .348 .474
2022vs Left .755 164 19 4 14 1 .268 .354 .401
2022vs Right .864 400 54 19 51 4 .286 .363 .501
2021vs Left .849 77 10 2 11 0 .303 .395 .455
2021vs Right .731 160 23 6 22 1 .225 .302 .430
2020vs Left .650 39 6 0 3 1 .263 .282 .368
2020vs Right .788 59 10 0 2 1 .302 .373 .415
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+58%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .866 426 68 17 65 4 .288 .366 .500
Since 2020Away .751 473 54 14 38 4 .261 .336 .415
2022Home .901 249 38 10 34 3 .305 .394 .507
2022Away .780 315 35 13 31 2 .262 .333 .447
2021Home .786 124 19 7 26 0 .241 .295 .491
2021Away .747 113 14 1 7 1 .260 .372 .375
2020Home .886 53 11 0 5 1 .319 .396 .489
2020Away .562 45 5 0 0 1 .250 .267 .295
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
10.6%
 
K Rate
21.3%
 
BABIP
.325
 
ISO
.192
 
AVG
.281
 
OBP
.360
 
SLG
.473
 
OPS
.833
 
wOBA
.365
 
Exit Velocity
90.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.8%
 
Barrels/PA
8.3%
 
Expected BA
.268
 
Expected SLG
.474
 
Sprint Speed
23.1 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
35.0%
 
Line Drive %
21.8%
 
Fly Ball %
43.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Ward played in a career-high 65 games last season and was a quality fill-in for the Halos with a 111 wRC+ in 237 plate appearances. The 28-year-old should serve as the team's fourth outfielder in 2022, and he could have an expanded role after Justin Upton was designated for assignment late in spring training. The Angels are set to open with Mike Trout, Brandon Marsh and Jo Adell as its starting outfield trio, with the latter two not yet cementing themselves in the majors. Ward could see more action if the two young outfielders struggle, but it make take an injury for him to see enough playing time to warrant serious fantasy consideration.
After hitting .147/.216/.206 in his first 37 plate appearances of the 2020 campaign, Ward was sent down to the alternate site. He rebounded following a 17-day demotion to hit .350/.400/.483 across his final 65 plate appearances. While his surface stats are unreliable due to sample size, Ward has shown the ability to make loud contact across 297 major-league plate appearances -- 52.6% and 47% hard hit rates in his past two seasons, respectively. Ward has also posted a sprint speed in the 77th percentile or higher in every campaign since 2018, sneakily swiping 25 bases on 32 attempts combined between the majors and minors in that span. If Ward shows the ability to make consistent contact, he could wrangle regular playing time and would be a sneaky power/speed threat. At the very least, he should get plenty of at-bats against left-handed pitchers.
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.
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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Racks up three more hits
OFLos Angeles Angels
October 2, 2022
Ward went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Rangers.
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Stays hot with three hits
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 29, 2022
Ward went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Thursday's win over the Athletics.
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Homers twice in win
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 24, 2022
Ward went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in a 4-2 victory over the Twins on Friday.
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Two-run shot in loss
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 21, 2022
Ward went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Rangers.
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Nabs steal
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 18, 2022
Ward went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Mariners.
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