Taylor Ward returns to Angels with a more consistent swing

Taylor Ward returned from Long Beach with a new approach at home plate.

Ward took a. 147 standard with him when the Angels delivered him back to the alternating training site in the center of August, yet considering that returning Sept. 3, he had eight hits in his very first 15 at-bats, including seven in three video games before Friday.

It earned Ward a begin Friday over Jo Adell.

“He’s not just attempting to lift the sphere the whole time,” Manager Joe Maddon claimed prior to Friday’s video game versus the Rockies in Denver. “I believe the opposite area has assisted him out a little bit. He’s a bit shorter to the round. …

“He’s a first-grade athlete, all kinds of devices and ability, fantastic young male. He simply had this little thing in his swing that’s truly held him backwards, where he lays back as well as tries to catch up as well as cuts beneath the round a bit. Yet man, if he gets this determined, this man can be an actually great Major League Baseball player.”

Ward, 26, has never quite put things together in the big organizations, since a sizzling 2018 season at Triple-An earned him his very first big-league promotion just over two years earlier. He has a job.199 average with a. 617 OPS.

Ward claimed he had actually attempted to make swing modifications last winter months having fun in the Dominican Republic and also once more during spring training, but each time the modifications “didn’t function.”

Ultimately, dealing with the hitting instructors in Long Beach just recently, he claimed he feels like it’s starting to click. He is keeping his head much more still as well as being quicker to the sphere. He also said obtaining extra consistent at-bats in his existing big-league job has aided.

“It just all sort of compounds on itself,” Ward claimed. “If you can educate as well as see pitches over and over and also you have a method and you recognize what you’re looking for, it makes it easier to take those pitches that they want you to swing at.”

Ward said he’s likewise enjoying his time in the outfield, after beginning his pro profession as a catcher and afterwards relocating to third base. He’s recently been capturing a little bit once more, in order to give some depth unemployed.

“Being composed as a catcher, and catching my whole life, I do miss it,” Ward claimed. “Being able to return behind the plate, putting the gear on again, it’s amazing … I like being an utility gamer. Anywhere Joe requires, for him or our team, I want to do.”


Given that obtaining off to a rough begin– he enabled 6 runs, 4 gained, in his first 4 games– Mike Mayers has actually silently assembled a solid period out of the Angels bullpen.

Mayers came right into Friday’s video game with a 2.81 ERA, consisting of 24 strikeouts and 4 strolls in 16 innings.

Maddon has actually been specifically pleased with his performance against lefties, who are simply 3 for 30 with 13 strikeouts against him.

“He’s got the cutter slider that actually offers left-handers a difficult time and after that the raised fastball,” Maddon stated. “He’s an assertive man. He’s a hostile person, extremely sturdy. As you’ve seen, he’s able to return the next day and toss the very same type of numbers up that he did the day previously. He’s definitely underrated to this point.”

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Mayers was asserted on waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals last winter months. Mayers, 28, is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, under control for 3 even more seasons.


David Fletcher, that gets on the hurt list because of a sprained ankle joint, experienced a complete exercise prior to Friday’s game and also said he’s ready to be turned on. “It’s really feeling great,” he claimed. “I’m virtually great to go. I’m wishing I can get in there tomorrow.” …

… Justin Upton returned to the lineup Friday after missing the previous 2 video games with a bruised left hand.

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