Arkansas Baseball takes 2022 Ward shortstop pledge

By: Dudley E. Dawson

Publication: Saturday August 21, 2021

San Diego, Calif. Senior shortstop Coronado Ryan Ward (6-2, 175) entered Arkansas on Friday night.

Ward is the son of the late San Diego Padres baseball player Kevin Ward and was previously hired in Arizona, where his father played both baseball and college football.

Coronado head coach Morgan Cummins praised Razorback’s latest engagement, one of six Arkansas landed this week.

“Ryan is one of the most talented players I have ever coached,” Cummins told the Coronado Times. “His greatest strength is that he can do anything. He has great tools. Very athletic. Can strike with power in all areas. Very instinctive player.

Ward is ranked 162nd nationwide top prospect by Perfect Game.

Kevin Ward was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2018 and passed away on March 9, 2019 at the age of 57.

A Philadelphia sixth-round pick in the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft, Ward made his MLB debut in 1991 and also played for the Padres the following season while totaling 125 games.

His major league debut on March 10, 1991 resulted in a brace that marked Fred McGriff from first base.

“My dad is a big reason I got into baseball,” Ward told the same newspaper. “I mean, it’s human nature to want to do what your dad does. It’s such a classic game, and I fell in love with it right away. My dad always told me to never take the game for granted, to play hard all the time and leave everything on the pitch.



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