Thaddeus Ward Minors Pitcher

Age: 23
Born: January 16, 1997
Birthplace: Fort Myers, FL
Height: 6-3
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 5th round, 2018 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Central Florida
High School: Bishop Verot Catholic (FL)
ETA: Late 2022

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Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: June 15, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Stephen Hargett
Signing Bonus: $275,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
Pro Debut: July 4, 2018 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/20): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2020): MiLB contract
Twitter: @TWard_12
Instagram: @thaddeus_ward_32

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  Physical Description: Thin, athletic right-hander with some projection in his upper body.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot from the first base side. Easy, athletic mechanics. Starts in the stretch but then steps like he is throwing from the wind-up. Loose arm action. Stab behind during delivery. Comes across body. Arm gets out of sync with the rest of his delivery at times. Gets good extension. Maintains delivery deep into games.

Fastball: 91-94 mph. Tops out at 96 mph. Primarily, will sink the pitch with late movement down and in on right-handed hitters. Could add velocity as he matures. Typically has good control of the pitch; control appeared to have taken a small step back after promotion to High A in 2019, but that may have been caused by the after-effects of a comebacker off his pitching hand in mid-July. Potential above-average offering more likely to settle in the solid-average range.

Cutter: 86-89 mph. Added the pitch in 2019 and it has already become a go-to pitch. Two-seam grip similar to Rick Porcello. Late horizontal movement. Able to generate swinging strikes with the pitch already. Potential plus offering.

Slider: 81-83 mph. Horizontal shape. Ideal sidespin. Pitch shows bite. Has strong feel for the pitch, able to throw it for strikes in the zone or bury it down and out of the zone when ahead in the count. Potential plus offering.

Changeup: 87-89 mph. Pitch has mostly been shelved in favor of the cutter at this point and has firmed up from 84-86 mph range he once threw it at. Throws with deceptive arm speed. Pitch shows fade and looks like a fastball until late. Can be on the firm side, but flashed average potential in 2018.
  Curveball: 76-79 mph. Vertical, 12-to-6 shape. Pitch is more of a show-me offering at this point and is rarely used.

Career Notes: A Ft. Myers native, served as a Red Sox batboy in the spring of 2004 at City of Palms Park. Also had scholarship offers to play basketball. Pitched largely in the bullpen during college, but Red Sox amateur scouts including signing scout Stephen Hargett and pitching crosschecker Chris Mears identified Ward as a candidate to move into the rotation and excel. Participated in the 2018 Fall Instructional League. Came out early in two 2019 starts (July 14 and August 27) after trying to barehand comebackers. Did not miss time, but relative issues with walks following the first incident (21 walks in 30 innings versus 36 in previous 95 2/3 innings) raise question of whether his control was affected.

Summation: Ceiling of a back-end starter if his development continues on an upward trajectory. Should at least be able to pitch in a long relief role, and could perhaps even fit in the back of a bullpen. Has three pitches that project as at least average that he tunnels well in his sinker, cutter, and slider. Latter two pitches show plus potential. Able to generate swinging strikes, but also uses repertoire to generate bad contact, allowing him to work deeper into outings. Ability to stick as a starter will depend on continued improvement of fastball command and refinement of secondary pitches.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2016 Central Florida NCAA Coll --- 19 1 2 0.333 5.85 13 1 0 20.0 18 14 13 0 11 14 1.60 0.79 4.95
  2017 Central Florida NCAA Coll --- 20 4 0 1.000 2.29 26 1 1 35.1 36 13 9 0 12 32 1.36 2.67 8.15
  2018 Central Florida NCAA Coll --- 21 4 4 0.500 3.27 22 5 2 63.1 46 28 23 1 26 84 1.14 3.23 11.94
  2018 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 21 0 3 0.000 3.77 11 11 0 31.0 33 21 13 2 12 27 1.45 2.25 7.84
  2019 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 5 2 0.714 1.99 13 13 0 72.1 51 24 16 2 35 87 1.05 2.49 10.82
  2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 22 3 3 0.500 2.33 12 12 0 54.0 38 15 14 4 32 70 1.30 2.19 11.67
    2020 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
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  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  2018 First Team All-American Conference
South Atlantic Laeague Player of the Week (May 20-26, 2019)
2019 South Atlantic League All-Star
2019 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year Pitcher of the Week (May 13-19, 2019) Pitcher of the Week (May 20-26, 2019) Pitcher of the Month (May 2019) Pitcher of the Week (June 3-9, 2019)
2019 All-Star
2019 Pitcher of the Year
2020 Pre-Season All-Star

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