Ward's power potential and recent eligibility are unusual. He is going to be one of the more intriguing stories leading up to this draft.
Drew Ward Prospect Video, Leedey High School (via Steve Fiorindo)
Drew Ward, 3B/1B, Leedy, OK
High School Senior
Birthdate: 11/25/94 Age at Draft: 18.67
Drew Ward has received a letter from MLB stating as long as he graduates, he will be eligible for this years' draft. That makes things a little more interesting in the prep class, as many had him as a top talent in the 2014 group.
In high school Ward is a shortstop. He also goes to a school with hardly enough players to field a team. This won't continue as a pro. He may work at third base for a while in the minors, but I think his footwork lends to first more than the hot corner in the long run. I like his quick release. He has a strong arm and he is nimble enough to work at third for now. If he could stay there, it would be an asset, but I don't know that he can past the low minors. It will depend on his range.
Ward is a huge kid. He has a leveraged swing that can get long but creates a lot of power. He has a high leg kick that could cause some issues with timing good off-speed pitches and high-end velocity. He is very fluid at the plate but I think he could get out of sync with all the moving parts between his hands and legs. I have a feeling that this will get changed in pro ball fairly quickly.
Ward is a tough case to crack. He has dominated inferior competition for several years now and held his own in showcases. He could be a guy who is a prototypical first baseman with .280 average and 25 home runs, but then again he may struggle to make contact.
I know many people like comps and I'll give you one from last years' draft: Joey Gallo. Gallo sells out for more power but the physicality and the tools are similar.
I see Ward as an early second round type, maybe supplemental round but I would not be shocked to see him go as high as the mid-teens for someone who loves the power potential. It will be interesting to see how teams slot him into their draft board after not bearing down on him last year, expecting to have another year to evaluate him. He will attend Oklahoma if he doesn't sign.