Thad Ward Lowell Spinners  |  Pitcher

     
 

Age: 21
Born: January 16, 1997
Fort Myers, FL
Height: 6-3
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 5th round, 2018
How Acquired: Draft
College: Central Florida
High School: Bishop Verot Catholic HS (FL)

Photo courtesy of ucfknights.com

Physical Description: Athletic right-hander with some projection in his upper body.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot from the first base side. Starts in the stretch but then steps like he is throwing from the wind-up. Loose arm action. Stab behind during his delivery. Arm gets out of sync of the rest of his delivery at times. Gets good extension.

Fastball: 90-93 mph. Reportedly topped out at 95 mph in college when pitching in a bullpen role. Pitch shows movement down in the zone. Could add velocity as he matures. Command and control need refinement.

Slider: 81-83 mph. Horizontal shape, lacks tilt. Pitch shows bite and has strong feel. Can throw for strikes in the zone or bury it down and out of the zone when ahead in the count. Potential above-average offering.

Changeup: 84-86 mph. Throws with deceptive arm speed. Pitch shows fade and looks like a fastball until late. Can be on the firm side, but flashes average potential.

Curveball: 77-79 mph. Vertical, 11-5 shape. Pitch is more of a show me offering at this point.

Career Notes: Was named first team All-American Conference in 2018 after his junior season. Strikeout rate jumped considerably over college career. Was moved to the rotation upon signing.  Participated in the 2018 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Projects as a swingman type. Will show three averageish pitches, but lacks a standout pitch to excel in a bullpen role. Ability to stick as a starter will depend on improvement of fastball command and refinement of changeup or curveball to give him a third pitch to compliment his fastball and slider.

 
   
  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
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 15, 2018
Signing Bonus: $275,000
MiLB Debut: July 4, 2018
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
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MLB Service Time (through 2018):
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Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): MiLB Contract
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