06/21/2014 - Omaha National World Series - Session 2
Justin is a versatile player whose love for the game shows. He continues to work hard and make improvements. On the mound, this effective righty throws strikes and gets out. He shows smooth mechanics and finishes well. He understands the game and knows when to throw what pitch. Breaking ball compliments FB well while showing 11/5 shape. At SS, Justin moves athletically into position behind the ground ball. He fields it with sure hands and makes throws across the diamond with carry. At the plate, this RHH shows good bat action, getting back into a loaded position and delivering the barrel quickly. He puts the ball in play and puts pressure on the defense. Ward is an athlete who will compete on the diamond.
11/07/2013 - Baseball Factory Select Training & Competition at Pirate City
Justin continues to work hard at his game. At Pirate City he worked out on the mound as well as at SS. On the bump, FB shows arm-side run and is in the low 70's. He has a fluid delivery and works to keeps the ball away. He finishes his pitches and fields the position well. At SS, Justin works from right to left to the ground ball and fields the ball cleanly. He gathers well and makes accurate throws across the diamond. Playing through the ball more and quickening his exchange will both help to benefit his defensive play. Offensively, Ward gets back into a loaded position and swings on a level path. He waits for his pitch and gets on base anyway that he can (2 BB's and 2 HBP's). Justin is a coachable player who is a few minor adjustments away from reaching his potential.
07/15/2013 - College PREP - Plano, TX
Justin is a lean RHP that will graduate in 2016. Delivery is sound / repeatable allowing his quick arm action to work well to the plate. Fastball showed a range of 72-74 mph. Breaking ball displays 10/4 shape with early / gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup, showing a plus feel for with sinking action and he throws a cutter but slows his arm speed, tipping off the pitch to hitters. Command / control are a plus as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as more arm strength is gained.