Another young outfielder finds himself ranked 28th among Milwaukee Brewers top prospects.
This is the first player to move up from his standing last year. His name is Je’Von Ward, and his move is from 29 in 2017 to 28 in 2018. Last year’s 12th round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers certainly deserves moving up, even only slightly, after putting together a pretty solid debut performance.
There is not much more to be said about Ward that I have not already. He is a big guy who stands at six foot five inches tall. That being said, his speed grades out higher than anything else at 60. Following that is power, fielding, and arm strength, which all grade out at 50.
Being as young has he is, the lefties power is still very raw. It will develop more as he gets older and is able to grow into his large frame. Ward will be 18 for all of this season; his birthday is not until October. With his natural abilities and size he has the potential to grow into a force at the plate.
In his first year as a professional baseball player, he hit .276. That is not bad for a guy getting his first taste of pro ball. It was not that small of a sample size either, he got 123 at bats over 32 games for the AZL Brewers.
One thing that kills Ward, however, is his strikeouts. He was sent down on strikes 39 times in 32 games. It is going to be said that he is young and adjusting, which is true. But it is also something to keep an eye on. Though there is no cause for worry about it at all.
How Does He Project?
Pretty well. From a defensive standpoint, Ward’s speed will give him some great range. He profiles with good defensive instincts that could keep him in center. Though if he adds enough weight he will likely move to the corners. With a bat in his hands, we will see. He is hitting well, but his development will show a lot more than can be said right now.
I am a big fan of Ward. He has the size to grow into a good hitter. The fact that he was 17 and hit closer to .300 than .200 says a lot about his natural ability to hit. If he keeps his plus speed and adds power, he becomes a very intriguing prospect.