Thad Ward

26-Year-Old PitcherP
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Thad Ward in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Red Sox in June of 2018. Selected by the Nationals during the Rule 5 draft in December of 2022.
Selected by Washington
PWashington Nationals
December 7, 2022
Ward was selected by the Nationals with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 Rule 5 Draft, Mark Zuckerman of reports.
Ward missed the start of the 2022 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2021, but he returned to game action in early August. He made 13 total starts in the minors last year and posted a 2.28 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 51.1 innings. After dealing with an oblique injury to close out the 2022 season, he should be back to full health in time for spring training in 2023. Ward will be stretched out as a starter this spring but will likely spend most of 2023 as a long reliever. However, general manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday that the team sees the right-hander as a starter in the long run, per Zuckerman.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Ward was one of the more surprising omissions from his team's alternate training site, which suggests the Red Sox don't quite buy into what looked like a mini breakout in 2019. A reliever in college, Ward logged a 1.67 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 127:45 K:BB in 102.1 innings over his final 20 starts in 2019, split between Low-A and High-A. The 6-foot-3, 193-pound righty's plus slider headlines a five-pitch mix -- he also throws a four-seamer, sinker, cutter and changeup. He spent 2020 working out on his own and specifically worked on refining his changeup, which will be an important pitch for him to neutralize left-handed hitters. His command and control are what will determine whether he makes it as a starter or a reliever. He has a starter's delivery, but currently only displays fringe-average command. Ward should head to Double-A this year and will look to put himself in the big-league rotation mix for 2022.
Ward has one of the best sliders in the minors and logged a 1.67 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 127:45 K:BB in 102.1 innings over his final 20 starts, split between Low-A and High-A. The 6-foot-3 righty primarily worked as a reliever at Central Florida, so the Red Sox were able to wait until the fifth round of the 2018 draft before selecting him. Since signing, his stuff has ticked up, with his low-90s sinker touching 97 mph for the first time in 2019. Ward throws a plus cutter that is a distinctly different pitch from his slider. He also mixes in a curveball and changeup. It is clearly a starter's pitch mix and a starter's delivery, so as long as Ward's command and control improve slightly over the next couple years, he should have no problem sticking in the rotation. He is a sleeper this offseason, but the hype is building and could reach a crescendo if his stuff holds in his second full pro season.
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Overcomes oblique strain
PBoston Red Sox
November 2, 2022
Ward (oblique) is expected to make his return to action in the Arizona Fall League later this week, Chris Hatfield of reports.
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Exits AFL start
PBoston Red Sox
October 12, 2022
Ward was removed from his start Monday in the Arizona Fall League due to side discomfort, Rob Bradford of reports.
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Good to go for Portland
PBoston Red Sox
August 4, 2022
Double-A Portland activated Ward (elbow) from its 60-day injured list in advance of his season debut for the affiliate Thursday against Erie, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
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Rehabbing at High-A
PBoston Red Sox
August 1, 2022
Ward (elbow) made his most recent rehab appearance Saturday for High-A Greenville, covering four innings and striking out three while allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk.
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Throws sim game
PBoston Red Sox
June 27, 2022
Ward (elbow) threw a sim game recently and is hoping to begin a rehab assignment shortly, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
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