MLB Draft Picks: Drew Ward

Signed for 850k according to Jim Callis. $358,800 above slot.

Half Street Heart Attack

In the third round the Nats drafted a high school player out of Leedey, Oklahoma, Drew Ward.  What makes ward so interesting is that in a similar situation to Bryce Harper, he graduated early from High School to become draft eligible.  According to the articles I read he didn’t find out he could enter into the draft until late in the school year.  By that time most MLB teams had already developed their draft boards, and since Ward was expected to be in the 14 draft they hadn’t scouted him with the urgency they scouted the 13 draft class.  Drew Ward was not unknown in the scout community, in fact he is listed in bleacher reports mock draft for 2014:

13. San Diego Padres: Drew Ward, 3B, Leedy HS, Oklahoma

Playing in a pitcher-friendly park, the Padres will never be a popular destination for free-agent sluggers.

So, they will turn to Drew…

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