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Red Sox Farm Report: Thad Ward hasn’t surrendered a run in his last two starts

Nick Friar
May 21, 2019 - 7:54 am

Red Sox 2018 fifth-round draft pick Thad Ward is nine starts into his first full season as a professional pitcher and currently averages just under 5 2/3 innings per outing. Through his first four with Class A Greenville, Ward went five innings three times and 4 1/3 innings once. During that span, he had a 4.19 ERA. Since then, he’s lasted six or more innings in four out of five outings, posting a 1.50 ERA throughout the stretch to bring his season mark down to 2.50.

Some of Ward’s best work has come in his last two outings. He hasn’t surrendered a run in 14 1/3 innings, most recently throwing seven scoreless on Monday in the Drive’s 4-0 win over the West Virginia Power (Mariners). Ward struck out seven, bringing his season total to 58, gave up four hits and didn’t walk anyone. Monday’s start was only the second outing where Ward didn’t walk someone this season. He’s had a few instances where control has been a problem, walking 14 over 24 innings from April 16 to May 3. But in his last 20 1/3 innings, Ward has only given up two free passes. On the year, he has a 1.09 WHIP and is holding opponents to a .204 average.