Thaddeus Ward Portland Sea Dogs Pitcher

       
 
Age: 25
Born: January 16, 1997
Birthplace: Fort Myers, FL
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 5th round, 2018 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Central Florida
High School: Bishop Verot Catholic (FL)
ETA: 2024

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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 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
   
Pro Debut: July 4, 2018 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): 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 before stepping toward first base then coming up with a medium-high leg kick. Does not use a 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 throws two-seam version with late movement down and in on right-handed hitters. Has shown average control and fringe-average command, but could take some time for both to return after Tommy John surgery. Generates a lot of weak contact on the ground. Potential solid-average offering.

Slider: 81-85 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 above-average offering.

Cutter: 86-89 mph. Added the pitch in 2019 and it became his go-to pitch. Late, horizontal movement. Able to generate swinging strikes with the pitch already. Did not feature pitch during 2022 Arizona Fall League. Potential above-average 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 Fort 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. Came out early in two 2019 starts 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. Participated in the 2018 and 2020 Fall Instructional League. Was placed on the IL after two starts in 2021 with a right forearm strain, then had Tommy John surgery on June 3, 2021. Participated in the Fall Performance Program in 2021 as a rehabber. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up as a rehabber. Returned to rehab games in July 2022 and was activated from the IL in August. Assigned to the Arizona Fall League in 2022 to continue making up innings, but missed three weeks due to a strained oblique. Was not protected from selection in the Rule 5 Draft in either 2021 and 2022, the latter representing something of a surprise.

Summation: Potential major league swingman type. Ceiling of a back-end starter if his development continues on an upward trajectory. Has three pitches that project as at least average that he mixes well and has the ability to locate. Slider shows most potential and could get to plus. 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, as well as how stuff comes back once completely removed from Tommy John rehab.

Links
State of the System: Low Minors Pitchers (4.2.20)
Scouting Report Update (4.24.20)
Scouting Scratch: Red Sox 2021 Rule 5 Preview (11.18.2021)
 
   
     
    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 Spinners 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 Drive 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 Red Sox 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 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 23 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Portland Sea Dogs DNE AA Bos 24 0 0 --- 5.63 2 2 0 8.0 11 5 5 0 5 11 2.00 2.20 12.40
2022 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 25 0 0 --- 0.00 2 2 0 5.0 1 0 0 0 0 9 0.20 --- 16.20
  2022 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 25 0 0 --- 0.00 2 2 0 6 2 0 0 0 1 10 0.50 10.00 15.00
  2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 25 0 1 0.000 5.14 2 2 0 7.0 9 6 4 0 4 6 1.86 1.50 7.71
  2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 25 0 1 0.000 2.43 7 7 0 33.1 28 13 9 3 14 41 1.26 2.93 11.07
  2022 Scottsdale Scorpions AFL Fall Bos 25 1 1 0.500 2.84 4 3 0 12.2 11 4 4 1 6 15 1.34 2.50 10.66
2023 TBD --- --- Bos 26     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com 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
Carolina League Pitcher of the Week (July 11-17, 2022)
  SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 13-19, 2019)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 20-26, 2019)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Month (May 2019)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (June 3-9, 2019)
2019 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2019 SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Year
2020 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2021 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
 
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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