Muscular and lean; Body is fully filled out at a young age; Looks older than he is.
5/31/17 (DH), 6/1/17
Harrisburg Senators (AA, Nationals)
Did show frustration on strikeouts at times, but was a steady presence on the field more than often.
40; Reserve infielder
High leverage; average bat speed, bat wrap makes him late on average velo, loose mechanics, leverage makes him strikeout prone, bat speed can create hard contact middle/pull-side, struggles picking up pitches out of hand, swung through offspeed often, shifts weight forward, commits to swinging too soon, power approach limits contact, flashed average bat control oppo field; shows patient approach; projects below-average utility.
Large frame yields plus raw power, needs to tighten mechanics to transfer raw pop to the game, frequently hits pop ups on drivable pitches, flashes power to all fields; produces high loft with minimal effort; Projects enough contact to allow plus raw pop to play average.
Timed 4.42; Below-average runner, not a bad athlete for his size, limited because of his heavy feet.
Makes the routine play, Shows good enough glove skills to be a regular, has trouble moving laterally, didn’t flash quality twitchiness, gets eaten up on some balls to his right, manages third base without making a ton of mistakes, may profile better across the diamond.
Shows plus arm strength; flashed quality velo/carry on routine throws, enough arm to make plays on the move, accurate for the most part.
Ward’s big league future stems from his ability to tap into the plus raw power that he has in his frame. He will draw walks, but he’ll also rack up the swings and misses because of his mechanics. Despite his power potential, his bat speed is not plus and he needs to tighten up his swing if he hopes to translate more of the that raw power at the next level. His bat will have to get him to the majors because his defensive profile is rather uncertain at the moment given his stiffness at third base.