Two-Way Player, 3B/SS and Extra Base hitter with 20+ Stolen Bases, Collegiate Team Captain available in 2022
Name: Riley Ward
DOB: September 14, 1998
Date Available: June 1, 2022
Positions: 3B, SS, SP
Positions (alt): SP, RP
College: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Riley plays third base, shortstop and pitcher. Improved arm strength on throws across the infield, with velocity up to low 90s (mph).
As a hitter, he has continually gained strength – an extra 15 pounds within the past year – and increased exit velocity – to high 90s (mph) with metal bat and mid-90s (mph) with wood bat. His exit velocity has increased by 15mph during his collegiate career. Riley hits for both power and average.
He has good speed, which helps him both in the field and on the base paths.
Riley is a very competitive player, as well as a supportive teammate. In addition, he has high-school coaching experience and would be interested in assisting a club’s coaching staff.
- Experience at NCAA Division III and collegiate summer league levels
- Captain of college team
- 4th-best batting average in the conference in 2021
- First team all-conference at third base
- Career batting average of .331 during college career
- On-base percentages ranged from .374 to .456 during college career
- In 2021, posted slash line of .376/.456/.495
- Stole 24 bases in 28 attempts
- All-city and all-state performer in high school
Riley wants to extend his playing career, meet new people, learn how the game is played overseas, and experience new environments and cultures.
|2019-20||Head Coach||Wakefield Nebraska Legion Baseball||High School||Helped kids improve their hitting and got many compliments from around the area that we had the best hitting team they have seen. My first year we got 5th in State, led with some key arms and a solid lineup and with Covid we didn't have States but this team lost a lot of key elements so we started 1-6 and ended the year 7-7. So as a rebuilding year, we were able to increase our talents from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.|
Riley is a multi-talented individual who is just scratching the surface of what he could be as a player. Great hands in the infield and very quick-twitch at the plate. As a defender he could play almost every position at a high level! The passion is there to be great and no one will out-work Riley Ward. Absolute dream for any coach's roster.
Riley Ward is a dedicated and hard-working baseball player. Riley was a three year varsity team member at Lincoln Pius High School; starting at shortstop and pitching his Junior and Senior seasons. Pius has a highly respected program while competing in Nebraska’s highest classification.
At NCAA Division 3, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Riley has been a five year starting shortstop and pitcher.
Riley’s strengths are his love of the game, a strong and accurate throwing arm, and an uncanny ability to track down fly balls, great hands, and quick reads.
Riley has been a top-of-the-order hitter who can handle the bat and hit with increasing power.
Riley was a first team American Rivers Conference selection in 2021 and is looking forward to the 2022 season.
Playing preferences: Europe Semi-pro (ie. Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, France etc.), Europe Pro (Italy, The Netherlands), Australia Semi-pro (State Leagues), Australia Pro (Australian Baseball League), New Zealand Semi-pro, South Africa Semi-pro, Asia Pro (Japan, Korea, Taiwan), Canada semi-pro (Intercounty Baseball League, NBSBL, QSBL, etc.), Latin America pro (Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, DR, etc)
Living preferences: Private living arrangement (apartment to self), Shared living arrangement, own bedroom
Return home: I can stay as long as it takes to complete a season
Prior engagements: No
Recent injuries/illnesses: Partially torn Hamstring in Spring 2021
Traveling with a companion: Perhaps for a short term visit
Educational background: Bachelor’s in Business Administration