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Sam Howard

Sam Howard

P | B/T: R/L | 6' 3" 170 | Age: 26
Draft: 2014 (Rd: 3, #82, Colorado Rockies) - Georgia Southern
Cartersville, GA USA
Player Apps
MLB Rankings
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Spin
Curve Spin
K%
Exit Velocity
Hard Hit %
Pop Time
Framing
Outs Above Avg
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Sprint Speed
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Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 0 7.56 6 0 0 8.1 8 1.80
2 Seasons 0 0 5.84 10 0 0 12.1 9 1.86
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 6 0-0 7.56 8.1 8 1.80
2 Seasons 10 0-0 5.84 12.1 9 1.86

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 COL NL 20 0 0 2.25 4 0 0 4.0 5 1 1 0 3 1 2.00
2019 COL NL 41 0 0 7.56 6 0 0 8.1 9 7 7 1 6 8 1.80
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45

The Rockies liked Howard's pitchability enough to draft him in the third round in 2014, then helped him refine a more balanced delivery in hopes of improving his velocity and command. It worked, as he led the low Class South Atlantic League in strikeouts (122) and strikeout rate (8.2 per nine innings) in his first full pro season. He earned mid-season promotions in each of the next two years and was the most successful starter at the hitter's haven that is Triple-A Albuquerque last summer.

Howard works at 91-94 mph and can hit 96 with his fastball, though with less sink than he showed early in his pro career. His groundout/airout ratio shrunk from 1.6 in his first two seasons to 0.7 in his next two. There are nights when his deceptive changeup is his best pitch and it's the main reason he has been more successful against right-handers than left-handers.

Howard's slider gives him an average third offering. While he provides consistent strikes, his lack of a true plus pitch means he has to be precise with his location. He could be a No. 4 starter if he can improve his slider and command.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 86 15 0 0.0 89.8 14.6 .220 .291 .396 .318 .237 40.0 5.0 15.0
2019 166 25 0 0.0 84.6 23.4 .230 .316 .373 .324 .308 24.0 19.5 14.6
ALL 252 40 0 0.0 86.6 20.1 .227 .308 .381 .322 .282 30.0 14.8 14.8
MLB 38497 6.3 87.5 11.1 .251 .409 .318 .318 .371 34.4 21.6 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/10/2019 Colorado Rockies optioned LHP Sam Howard to Albuquerque Isotopes.
07/21/2019 Colorado Rockies selected the contract of LHP Sam Howard from Albuquerque Isotopes.
03/30/2019 LHP Sam Howard assigned to Albuquerque Isotopes.
01/13/2019 Colorado Rockies signed free agent LHP Sam Howard to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
11/30/2018 LHP Sam Howard elected free agency.
09/04/2018 Colorado Rockies recalled LHP Sam Howard from Albuquerque Isotopes.
07/28/2018 Colorado Rockies optioned LHP Sam Howard to Albuquerque Isotopes.
07/14/2018 Colorado Rockies recalled Sam Howard from Albuquerque Isotopes.
06/13/2018 Colorado Rockies optioned LHP Sam Howard to Albuquerque Isotopes.
06/09/2018 Colorado Rockies recalled Sam Howard from Albuquerque Isotopes.
05/28/2018 Albuquerque Isotopes activated LHP Sam Howard from the 7-day disabled list.
05/17/2018 Albuquerque Isotopes placed LHP Sam Howard on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 15, 2018.
03/19/2018 Colorado Rockies optioned LHP Sam Howard to Albuquerque Isotopes.
11/20/2017 Colorado Rockies selected the contract of Sam Howard from Albuquerque Isotopes.
06/16/2017 LHP Sam Howard assigned to Albuquerque Isotopes from Hartford Yard Goats.
05/31/2017 Hartford Yard Goats activated LHP Sam Howard from the 7-day disabled list.
05/27/2017 Hartford Yard Goats placed LHP Sam Howard on the 7-day disabled list.
04/14/2017 LHP Sam Howard assigned to Albuquerque Isotopes.
02/02/2017 Colorado Rockies invited non-roster LHP Sam Howard to spring training.
06/09/2016 LHP Sam Howard assigned to Hartford Yard Goats from Modesto Nuts.
04/03/2016 LHP Sam Howard assigned to Modesto Nuts from Asheville Tourists.
05/29/2015 Asheville Tourists activated LHP Sam Howard from the temporarily inactive list.
05/20/2015 Asheville Tourists placed LHP Sam Howard on the temporarily inactive list.
04/07/2015 LHP Sam Howard assigned to Asheville Tourists from Grand Junction Rockies.
06/16/2014 LHP Sam Howard assigned to Grand Junction Rockies.
06/15/2014 Colorado Rockies signed LHP Sam Howard.