Not many agreed with the Los Angeles Angels’ decision to draft catcher Taylor Ward with their first pick in the 2015 draft, but thus far, he’s proving the naysayers wrong.
A lot of people, from the fans to other baseball executives, scoffed when the Los Angeles Angels took 21-year-old Fresno State catcher Taylor Ward as their first round pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.
Why? To begin with, Ward was not expected to be a first-rounder. He was predicted to go anywhere from the third to fifth round by most experts, ranked number 70 by Baseball America and number 99 on the Draft top 200 list by MLB.com. He’s a catcher – not many catchers are great offensively anyway – but he hit just 13 home runs combined in his last two seasons at Fresno State.
Fans took to their most popular site, HalosHeaven.com, to express their displeasure through blog posts and comments. One post even has the title: “2015 First Round Bloopers: Angels Select Taylor Ward.” It had the comments to match. However, Angels’ fans need to realize that they’re not getting a Mike Trout in every draft and they, along with everyone else in baseball, needs to learn to keep their thoughts to themselves until they give the kid a chance to play the game professionally.
To find out how Taylor Ward has performed this season you can read the rest of my post on Today’s Knuckleball via the link below: