Taylor Ward

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Joseph Taylor Ward

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Biographical Information[edit]

Taylor Ward was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 31st round of the 2012 amateur draft, but continued on to college. He was then drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 1st round of the 2015 amateur draft with the 26th pick, the final pick of the first round proper. Within a week, he had signed for a bonus of $1.67 million. He made his pro debut for the Orem Owlz on June 18th. He was a catcher when he was drafted, but would eventually be moved out of the position.

2018 proved to be an eventful year for Ward. He was moved to 3B and proceeded to slash .345/.453/.520 in 42 games for the AA Mobile BayBears. He was then moved up to the AAA Salt Lake Bees to begin June and slashed .352/.442/.537 in 60 games there. On August 13 it was reported that the Angels were giving him the call to the big leagues. He made his debut the next day, starting at third and batting seventh against the San Diego Padres. He went 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in a 7-3 win.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Rhett Bollinger: "The Halos' unlikely third MVP candidate", mlb.com, May 21, 2022. [1]

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