Thad Ward

Born: 01/16/1997 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: 3/4
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 182
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 5th Rd. 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BOS)
Entry Point: 4 Yr College
Options Used: N/A
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: April 30th, 2019
Dates Seen: 2x -- April 2019
Level: Class A
Affiliate: Greenville Drive
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On 40-Man Roster: No
Physical Description
Tall, narrow, lean frame. Long, lean arms+legs add deception to delivery. Lacking strength, won't ever be super physical.
Mechanical Notes
Starts side-saddle into uptempo abbreviated SWU; quick pump into low leg kick, high/closed front side hides the ball; compact arm-circle into whippy 3/4 slot.
MLB ETA Present Role Future Role Role Description Risk
2021 P 40 Middle Relief High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Range Comments
Fastball Value
Overall Fastball Value 40 50 Fringy FB in starting role could play avg in relief.
Fringy FB in starting role could play avg in relief.
Fastball Velocity 50 50 92 90-94 Low-90s as SP, can see holding velo over long pro grind becoming an issue for thin-boned frame. Likely adds a tick in the 'pen, touched 95-96 in relief as an amateur.
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Movement
Fastball Movement 50 50 3/4 slot generates natural long run to armside.
3/4 slot generates natural long run to armside.
Fastball Command
Fastball Command 40 45 Works w/ run to locate better to armside. Less pressure on in-zone location in relief.
Works w/ run to locate better to armside. Less pressure on in-zone location in relief.
Curveball
Curveball 40 45 77 77-79 Wrinkles in a true CB w/ flashes of tight rotation and down shape. Projects as effective mix pitch for second look at breaker.
Wrinkles in a true CB w/ flashes of tight rotation and down shape. Projects as effective mix pitch for second look at breaker.
Slider
Slider 45 50 83 82-85 Best pitch, separator; flashes sharp, late dart to gloveside; big league SL in the tank that will play better when he just has to focus on FB/breaking ball and can let it rip.
Best pitch, separator; flashes sharp, late dart to gloveside; big league SL in the tank that will play better when he just has to focus on FB/breaking ball and can let it rip.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 30 40 85 84-86 Lags behind rest of arsenal, struggles to find a feel from lower slot. Guides it and floats CH. Doesn't have a pitch to combat LH right now as a starter, won't need it as much in relief.
Lags behind rest of arsenal, struggles to find a feel from lower slot. Guides it and floats CH. Doesn't have a pitch to combat LH right now as a starter, won't need it as much in relief.
Control
Control 40 45 FB/SL two main pitches, short arsenal hurts him back through lineups and against LHHs. Will be less of an issue in relief. Pitches w/ a chip on his shoulder that fits well in the 'pen.
FB/SL two main pitches, short arsenal hurts him back through lineups and against LHHs. Will be less of an issue in relief. Pitches w/ a chip on his shoulder that fits well in the 'pen.
Attribute Present Future
Delivery Average Plus
Athleticism Average Average
Pitchability Below Average Average
Mound Presence Plus Plus
Overall Summary
Former college closer now starting games in Low-A. Don't see arsenal depth or durability for long-term rotation fit, projects more impactfully in 'pen at higher levels. Ceiling of FB/SL middle reliever who faces mostly RHHs. Floor of 4A/depth type if no one pitch carries the profile.