Thaddeus James Ward...Graduated from Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla. and attended the University of Central Florida...Served as a bat boy during Red Sox Spring Training...Was First Team All-AAC as a junior at UCF...Father, Steve, ran track at Louisiana State University...On the basketball court, set the Bishop Verot High School record for three pointers in a single game, second in three pointers in a season and third for career three pointers.
Went 0-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 13 starts across four levels of Boston’s Minor League system as he returned from June 2021 Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery... He struck out 66 batters and held opposing batters to a .212 batting average in 51.1 innings pitched...Recorded a 2.84 ERA with 15 strikeouts in four games (three starts) during the Arizona Fall League season.
Did not play in 2020...Ranked by Baseball America as the Red Sox’ No. 10 prospect, as well as having the best control in the organization...Entered 2020 ranked by the publication as having the best slider in the Red Sox system.
In 2019, named Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year and a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star...Made 13 starts with Single-A Greenville and 12 with High-A Salem in 2019, going 8-5 with a 2.14 ERA (30 ER/126.1 IP), a .198 opponent AVG, 157 SO, and only 6 HR allowed (0.43 HR/9.0 IP)...Surrendered 3 ER or fewer in each of his 25 starts in 2019, including 7 scoreless outings of at least 5.0 IP...From the beginning of the 2019 season until he was promoted to Salem on 6/20/19, led the South Atlantic League in ERA (1.99), strikeouts (87), and opponent AVG (.194).