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Re: Follow the Prospects: Drew Ward, 3b
« Reply #100: May 24, 2017, 03:59:02 PM »
According to Bob Nightengale at USAToday, he was one of the two prospects in a Robertson deal this off-season. Deal fell apart for money.  Currently at AA after finishing the year there last year.  .277 / .370  / .453, 5HR in 165 PAs.  low double digit walk rate with a 1 out of 4 PA K rate. Still only 22. 

Longerhan at FG did not have him in his Top 20 KATOH+ stat-driven projeection, but had this to say about him before the season:
Drew Ward, 3B, 0.9 KATOH+ – Ward was really bad at third during the 2015 Fall League but was competent there a year later, and I think there’s a chance he stays, though his most likely future home remains first base. Ward is already a 30 runner and is huge, a wide-framed 6-foot-3. He only turned 22 during the offseason, so he’s likely to continue filling out and move to first. He has big raw power and, historically, a patient approach. The power and patience are the most likely paths toward a big-league role, but Ward’s stiff, long swing is problematic. The offensive bar at first base is high and unforgiving, and without a viable hit tool at first base or any defensive versatility, it’s hard to project Ward in any sort of big-league role. If he shows he can reach base and hit for some power at Double-A this year, we can start to talk.