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3 Taylor Ward LF

Los Angeles Angels

Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
421.190240
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2018LAA40135142461594520.245.333.178
2019LAA2042481262300.292.333.190

Player Updates

April 18, 2020 11:16 AM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Could make squad as No. 3 catcher
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Ward performed well in Cactus League play, posting a .308/.357/.538 slash line with one home run and four RBI. That has given a boost to his chances of making the Opening Day roster, though Michael Hermosillo's much stronger spring (.450/.476/.850, two home runs) could block Ward from claiming a backup spot in the outfield. Still, it's too early to count Ward out completely given his ability to play catcher -- he logged 153 games at the position in the minors between 2016 and 2017 -- and the possibility of expanded rosters to begin the 2020 campaign.

March 24, 2020 11:20 AM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Trails in bid for roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Though Ward performed well in Cactus League play -- he batted .308 with one home run, four RBI and a .896 OPS -- he was outshone by Hermosillo, who hit .450 with a pair of homers, seven RBI, two stolen bases and a 1.326 OPS. That has given Hermosillo a leg up in a bid for a big-league roster spot as an extra outfielder, especially when considering his superior defense. If Hermosillo does in fact break camp with the Angels, Ward is likely to open the season back with Triple-A Salt Lake.

September 26, 2019 10:20 AM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Slams first homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in a loss to Oakland on Wednesday.

Ward plated the Angels' first run with a shot to center field in the first inning. The homer was his first this season and seventh in his career. Since being called up to the big club on Sept. 1, Ward is slashing .217/.280/.391 with 10 strikeouts in 25 plate appearances.

September 18, 2019 03:44 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Returns from illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

The illness explains why Ward was out of the lineup in the opener of the three-game series against the Yankees on Tuesday. Fortunately, the 25-year-old has joined the team in New York and is batting seventh Wednesday. Ward is slashing .111/.200/.222 with 10 strikeouts in 20 major-league plate appearances this season.

September 13, 2019 12:52 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Seeing time in left field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward's defensive struggles have led the Angels to play him in left field, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

Ward was drafted as a catcher in 2015 but struggled both defensively and offensively while playing behind the plate. The Angels tried him at third base last season, and while his offense improved, he struggled defensively at the hot corner during spring training and a brief callup to the majors early this season. A move to the outfield followed, and Ward has stuck there since, describing the position as "very comfortable." The 25-year-old came on as a defensive replacement in left field Wednesday and made his first major-league start there Thursday, handling the position without difficulty. He figures to get more playing time in the outfield moving forward, particularly with Justin Upton battling a knee issue and Mike Trout missing multiple games with an ailing toe.

September 1, 2019 10:32 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Gets September callup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Angels recalled Ward from Triple-A Salt Lake ahead of Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Red Sox.

Ward was one of several Salt Lake hitters to rake in the Pacific Coast League this season, supplying a .306/.427/.584 line with 62 extra-base hits and 80 walks in 511 plate appearances. In spite of the huge production, Ward is unlikely to rewarded with steady opportunities in September, as he's likely behind Albert Pujols, David Fletcher, Matt Thaiss and Justin Bour in the pecking order at either first or third base.

July 25, 2019 07:16 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Back to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday.

Ward walked in his lone at-bat since being promoted to the big-league club Tuesday. Jose Suarez was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move.

July 23, 2019 08:24 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Rejoining Angels
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.

Ward will make his fourth trip to the majors the season, with the first three each lasting a week or less. The 25-year-old is 1-for-10 through six big-league games, but he's enjoyed a solid season at Salt Lake with a .305/.418/.608 slash line and 22 homers.

June 6, 2019 07:12 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Shuttled back to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

Ward was recalled Monday to start against the Cubs, but he failed to collect a hit during his brief stint in the big leagues (0-for-3). Jaime Barria was promoted to the major-league squad in a corresponding move.

June 3, 2019 02:32 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Called up, will start Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday and will hit eighth and play third base against the Cubs.

Ward owns a .176/.240/.331 slash line in 44 career big-league games but hit a strong .295/.421/.604 in 39 games for Salt Lake this season. His insertion into the lineup pushes Tommy La Stella to second base and Luis Rengifo to the bench, though it may take a few games to tell if that will be the Angels' everyday lineup moving forward.

May 6, 2019 03:52 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Sent back to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward was returned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.

Ward served as the Angels' 26th man for their two-game series in Mexico. He struck out in his only at-bat Saturday. He'll head back to Triple-A to wait for his next opportunity.

May 3, 2019 07:52 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Joining Angels in Mexico
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward will serve as the 26th man for the Angels' two-game series against the Astros this weekend in Monterrey, Mexico, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

Ward will provide the Angels with depth during their two-game series abroad before returning to Triple-A Salt Lake after the weekend. Ward is 1-for-6 with a double and four strikeouts in three appearances for the Angels this season.

April 15, 2019 05:24 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Sent back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.

Ward was up for a week but only got into three games, going 1-for-6 at the plate with four strikeouts. Reliever John Curtiss takes his place on the roster.

April 8, 2019 06:44 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Rejoins big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

Ward will provide additional infield depth for the Angels while Zack Cozart deals with a forearm injury. The 25-year-old hit an impressive .352/.442/.537 in 60 games for Salt Lake last season but struggled to a .178/.245/.333 line in 40 games with the big club.

March 23, 2019 01:52 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Optioned to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.

Ward had been in camp trying to win a bench role, but he'll head back to Triple-A for now. He hit an excellent .352/.442/.537 in 60 games for Salt Lake last season but stumbled to a .178/.245/.333 line in 40 games at the big-league level.

October 1, 2018 12:08 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Delivers walk-off home run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward went 1-for-4 with a walk-off, two-run home run against Oakland on Sunday.

This marked the fourth home run Ward has hit in the past four contests, bringing his season total to six across 40 games with the Angels. He ends the year with a mediocre .178 average and .578 OPS, but he'll likely be in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot, likely as a bench bat, to begin 2019.

September 29, 2018 04:00 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Homers in victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Athletics.

Ward went deep off Mike Fiers in the second inning to give the Angels a 3-0 lead, his fifth home run of the season. Although Ward has home runs in back-to-back games, he still owns an unimpressive .172/.237/.313 slash line over 139 plate appearances this season.

September 27, 2018 09:16 AM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Goes deep in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Texas.

Ward was mired in an ugly 2-for-34 slump entering Wednesday's contest, so the homer was a welcome sight for the rookie. The converted catcher is slashing just .169/.237/.290 over 135 plate appearances this season, but he continues to receive everyday playing time at the hot corner for an injury-riddled infield.

September 23, 2018 06:33 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Not in Sunday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Houston.

Ward is 1-for-30 with 11 strikeouts in his last 32 plate appearances, so he'll head to the bench Sunday. Kaleb Cowart will bat seventh and start at third base for the Angels.

September 15, 2018 05:40 PM
Angels' Taylor Ward: Out of lineup Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

Ward is 1-for-17 in 20 plate appearances over his last five games, so he'll take a seat Saturday. Kaleb Cowart will start at third base and bat ninth for the Angels.

Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs Houston1330 .286 .308 .231
vs Cole (Career)520 .400.500.400
vs RHP2861 .267 .429 .214
Last 7 Games
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9/21@HOU4010100
9/22@HOU1000000
9/24OAK4110000
9/25OAK3121100
9/26HOU5020000
9/28HOU2000010
9/29HOU2100020
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Batting Stats
SeasonTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
2020LAA0000000000------------
2019LAA2042481262300.191.292.3330.625
2018LAA40135142461594520.178.245.3330.578
Total601771832717156820.181.256.3330.590
More Batting Stats
SeasonTeamG2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2020LAA000000000
2019LAA20301400001
2018LAA40304500300
Total60605900301
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-10/190
Birthdate:
12/14/1993
Age:
26
Hometown:
Dayton, OH
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Los Angeles Angels
College:
Fresno State
MLB Experience:
2