Drew Silva examines Los Angeles Angels OF Taylor Ward's hot start to the season and if that will continue as the season rolls along.
DREW SILVA: Why did the Angels suddenly cut ties with Justin Upton this spring? Well, enter Taylor Ward, the new everyday right fielder in Anaheim. Wars has batted 400 with a 12.71 OPS across his first 67 plate appearances this season, while racking up 5 homers, 13 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 15 games played. He has also attempted three stolen bases, but been caught twice.
Hopefully, that aggressiveness on the base paths does not fade. Beyond the exceptional offensive results, the most encouraging aspect of Ward's early season outburst is that it has vaulted him to the very top of the Angels lineup. Yes, a player who had an average draft position up in the 700's this spring is now batting lead off ahead of Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and Anthony Rendon. A fruitful development to say the least.