Fresno State’s Taylor Ward Taken In First Round of 2015 MLB Draft
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Fresno State junior Taylor Ward was selected 26th overall by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the First Round of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday, June 8.
A 2015 First Team All-Mountain West catcher and Johnny Bench Award semifinalist, Ward is the ninth player in Conference history, and 17th in Fresno State history, to be chosen in the first round. He is the first MW catcher to be taken in the first round of the draft and the third consecutive Bulldog catcher to be drafted (Trent Garrison, 28th round, 2013; Trent Woodward, 20th round, 2014).
Ward, from Oviedo, Florida, hit .304 for the season as the only Bulldog to start all 59 games. He scored 39 runs, drove 42 in on 65 hits, including 14 doubles, two triples and seven home runs. Ward spent the summer of 2014 competing on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
Selections resume at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 9 with Rounds 3-10 on MLB.com.