Ward with the Anchorage Bucs in 2013
|Los Angeles Angels – No. 3|
|Born: December 14, 1993|
|August 14, 2018, for the Los Angeles Angels|
|MLB statistics |
(through June 4, 2019)
|Runs batted in||15|
Joseph Taylor Ward (born December 14, 1993) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). Ward was drafted by the Angels in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft, 26th overall. He made his MLB debut in 2018.
Ward made his professional debut with the Orem Owlz and was later promoted to the Burlington Bees. He batted a combined .348 (2nd among Angels minor leaguers)/.457/.438 with three home runs, 31 RBIs, and six stolen bases between the two teams in 201 at bats. He was named a Pioneer League Mid-Season All-Star.
In 2017, Ward split time between the 66ers and the Mobile BayBears, batting a combined .258/.368/.390 with nine home runs and 49 RBIs in 87 games between both clubs. He was an MiLB.com Angels Organization All Star.
Prior to the 2018 season, he was converted from a catcher to a third baseman. He was called up to the majors for the first time on August 14, 2018, and made his MLB debut that day. He finished the season hitting .178/.245/.333 for the Angels in 135 at bats over 40 games with 6 home runs and 15 RBIs. In the minor leagues, between Mobile and the AAA Salt Lake Bees, he batted .349/.446/.531 in 375 at bats with 14 home runs, 60 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases in 21 attempts, and was a Southern League mid-season All Star, and an MiLB.com Angels Organization All Star.
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