Sam Howard
P | B/T: R/L | 6' 4" 195LBS | Age: 29

Draft: 2014 | Rd: 3, #82, Colorado Rockies | Georgia Southern

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 0 0 9.00 3 0 0 2.0 1 3.00
5 Seasons 7 7 5.34 103 1 0 91.0 112 1.51
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 3 0-0 9.00 2.0 1 3.00
5 Seasons 103 7-7 5.34 91.0 112 1.51

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2018 25 86 15 0 0.0 0.0 89.8 113.6 14.6 13.3 .226 .288 .396 .316 .235 40.0 5.0 15.0 2.25 4.24
2019 26 383 55 3 5.5 3.3 87.9 111.9 16.2 32.7 .243 .392 .379 .331 .385 32.7 25.3 11.0 6.63 4.89
2020 27 361 51 2 3.9 2.2 87.7 111.5 24.4 35.3 .211 .361 .329 .301 .365 35.3 30.0 10.0 3.86 3.82
2021 28 846 104 9 8.7 4.5 87.3 109.8 13.4 29.8 .195 .336 .325 .314 .369 30.8 30.0 16.5 5.60 4.18
2022 29 58 6 1 16.7 8.3 84.9 102.4 12.5 50.0 .257 .498 .536 .479 .380 16.7 8.3 33.3 9.00 11.70
Player 1734 231 15 6.5 3.6 87.6 113.6 16.5 31.2 .212 .355 .347 .320 .363 32.5 27.1 14.3
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 122.4 12.1 33.0 .245 .405 .316 .315 .368 35.8 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Howard relies on 2 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(53.4%) ,
Slider
(46.6%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2018 53.3 26.7 13.3 6.7 20.0 66.7 13.3 0.0 33.3 40.0 13.3 13.3 0.0 0.0
2019 41.8 27.3 23.6 7.3 38.2 29.1 32.7 3.6 29.1 25.5 21.8 10.9 5.5 3.3
2020 31.4 29.4 25.5 13.7 43.1 25.5 31.4 5.9 21.6 35.3 19.6 13.7 3.9 2.2
2021 44.2 28.8 16.3 10.6 40.4 35.6 24.0 4.8 27.9 28.8 25.0 4.8 8.7 4.5
2022 33.3 50.0 0.0 16.7 0.0 66.7 33.3 0.0 33.3 33.3 16.7 0.0 16.7 8.3
Player 41.1 29.0 19.5 10.4 38.1 34.6 27.3 4.3 27.3 30.3 22.1 8.7 6.5 3.6
MLB 44.9 23.1 25.0 7.1 36.8 37.7 25.4 3.8 33.0 24.6 24.4 5.7 6.7 4.6
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2022 Slider PIT L 27 83.0 35.7 -3.3 -8 2.2 -6.1 -74
2022 4-Seamer PIT L 31 91.3 16.7 -0.5 -3 10.2 3.1 44
2021 Slider PIT L 465 84.9 32.4 -3.9 -11 2.1 -3.2 -60
2021 Changeup PIT L 15 83.9 25.6 -5.0 -16 11.2 -2.6 -19
2021 4-Seamer PIT L 366 93.4 13.5 1.7 11 9.8 2.7 38
2020 Changeup PIT L 1 82.7 24.9 -5.9 -19 13.7 0.5 4
2020 Slider PIT L 225 84.6 32.5 -3.9 -11 2.0 -2.7 -57
2020 4-Seamer PIT L 135 92.0 14.3 1.5 9 9.7 3.0 44
2019 4-Seamer COL L 169 92.6 16.0 0.1 1 6.6 -0.8 -10
2019 Slider COL L 214 85.1 34.9 -2.5 -7 2.6 -2.0 -44
2018 Slider COL L 36 85.5 33.1 -4.3 -11 2.1 -2.4 -54
2018 4-Seamer COL L 42 91.4 17.6 -0.4 -2 9.1 1.7 22
2018 Changeup COL L 8 83.5 28.6 -3.2 -10 10.4 -3.1 -23
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2022 4-Seamer 0.0 0 31 53.4 5 .000 .000 .280 15.4 0.0 0.0 .073 .163 .340 0.0
2022 Slider 10.4 3 27 46.6 7 .500 1.250 .714 25.0 14.3 8.3 .395 .750 .583 33.3
2021 Slider -0.8 -4 465 55.0 97 .190 .274 .256 41.0 25.8 18.5 .182 .258 .251 21.3
2021 4-Seamer 0.6 2 366 43.3 97 .216 .486 .382 34.0 35.1 26.2 .193 .408 .362 46.3
2021 Changeup 4.6 1 15 1.8 5 .667 .667 .640 37.5 20.0 20.0 .633 .732 .643 0.0
2020 Slider 1.2 3 225 62.3 47 .200 .450 .334 39.4 34.0 24.6 .165 .281 .264 33.3
2020 4-Seamer -2.0 -3 135 37.4 43 .243 .432 .329 26.7 25.6 30.6 .261 .446 .339 37.0
2020 Changeup 3.2 0 1 0.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2019 Slider -0.3 -1 214 55.9 53 .255 .426 .355 39.8 26.4 17.3 .242 .335 .298 33.3
2019 4-Seamer 3.1 5 169 44.1 38 .310 .655 .463 21.6 23.7 21.4 .244 .484 .380 31.8
2018 4-Seamer -0.7 0 42 48.8 6 .000 .000 .350 17.6 0.0 0.0 .024 .049 .365 0.0
2018 Slider -2.3 -1 36 41.9 11 .400 .600 .455 16.7 9.1 5.3 .302 .390 .333 55.6
2018 Changeup 2.8 0 8 9.3 3 .333 .333 .300 16.7 0.0 0.0 .172 .189 .158 33.3
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2020 4-Seam Fastball 123 92.0 97 20.1 10:45 11:00 -15
2020 Slider 214 84.6 29 4.8 12:00 1:00 -60
2021 Changeup 15 83.9 97 16.8 10:45 10:30 15
2021 4-Seam Fastball 361 93.4 97 20.1 10:45 11:00 -15
2021 Slider 457 84.9 25 4.8 11:45 1:00 -75
2022 4-Seam Fastball 31 91.3 97 18.9 10:45 10:45 0
2022 Slider 25 82.9 18 4.4 12:30 1:45 -75
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2019 91 383 1 -4 5 2 5
2020 90 361 -2 -1 0 3 0
2021 199 846 -9 -8 11 5 -1
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2018 86 47.7 80.5 90.9 31.1 64.3 45.3 65.0 54.7 17.0 11.6 90.0
2019 383 43.1 73.3 78.5 30.3 45.5 38.1 56.0 48.8 32.6 6.5 84.0
2020 361 36.3 71.0 72.0 33.0 51.3 39.9 52.2 46.8 34.9 3.9 85.7
2021 846 45.0 65.6 70.0 27.1 46.0 43.3 58.3 44.4 38.0 5.4 73.9
2022 58 44.8 61.5 93.8 15.6 40.0 41.4 75.0 36.2 19.0 6.9 50.0
Player 1,734 42.9 69.0 74.5 29.0 48.1 41.5 57.3 46.1 34.4 5.7 78.8
MLB 48.5 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.3 42.6 60.8 47.1 24.7 7.2 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2019 44 68 7
2020 62 78 67 58 52 88 86 61 59 80 34 90 88 38 85 7
2021 53 79 10
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 23.2 5 3.5 2 2 5 0 0.0
2020 26.0 4 5.0 -1 0 3 3 75.0
2021 24.0 7 6.9 0 2 4 4 57.1
2022 20.7 1 0.9 0 0 1 0 0.0
Player 24.1 17 16.3 1 4 13 7 41.2

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 2 5 3 2 3 2 5 2 4 2 2 5 3 3 3 4 4 5 3 5 2 5
2020 4 3 5 4 5 6 0 6 6 5 5 4 3 6 5 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 6 5 4 6 3 6
2021 7 7 9 5 8 8 7 8 7 7 7 8 5 6 6 6 7 7 9 7 6 6 8 7 7 6 7 6 6 6 8
2022 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Player 17 15 18 14 19 19 12 19 18 15 18 16 11 15 14 18 16 17 16 15 17 14 17 16 16 17 18 14 18 12 20
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 91.4 92.6 1.2 92 -0.6 93.4 1.4 91.3 -2.1
Offspeed Velocity 83.5 0 0 82.7 0 83.9 1.2 0 0
Breaking Velocity 85.5 85.1 -0.4 84.6 -0.5 84.9 0.3 83 -1.9
Exit Velocity 89.8 87.9 -1.9 87.7 -0.2 87.3 -0.4 84.9 -2.4
Launch Angle 14.6 16.2 1.6 24.4 8.2 13.4 -11 12.5 -0.9
Barrel % 0 5.5 5.5 3.9 -1.6 8.7 4.8 16.7 8
Hard Hit % 40 32.7 -7.3 35.3 2.6 30.8 -4.5 16.7 -14.1
Sweet Spot % 13.3 32.7 19.4 35.3 2.6 29.8 -5.5 50 20.2
xBA .226 .243 0.017 .211 -0.032 .195 -0.016 .257 0.062
BA .313 .276 -0.037 .221 -0.055 .211 -0.01 .286 0.075
xwOBA .316 .331 0.015 .301 -0.03 .314 0.013 .479 0.165
wOBA .396 .379 -0.017 .329 -0.05 .325 -0.004 .536 0.211
xSLG .288 .392 0.104 .361 -0.031 .336 -0.025 .498 0.162
SLG .438 .513 0.075 .442 -0.071 .379 -0.063 .714 0.335
K% 5 25.3 20.3 30 4.7 30 0 8.3 -21.7
BB% 15 11 -4 10 -1 16.5 6.5 33.3 16.8
Swing % 54.7 48.8 -5.9 46.8 -2 44.4 -2.4 36.2 -8.2
Whiff% 17 32.6 15.6 34.9 2.3 38 3.1 19 -19
In Zone % 47.7 43.1 -4.6 36.3 -6.8 45 8.7 44.8 -0.2
Out of Zone % 52.3 56.9 4.6 63.7 6.8 55 -8.7 55.2 0.2
Out of Zone Swing % 31.1 30.3 -0.8 33 2.7 27.1 -5.9 15.6 -11.5
First Pitch Swing % 30 38.5 8.5 33.3 -5.2 31.2 -2.1 16.7 -14.5
First Pitch Strike % 65 56 -9 52.2 -3.8 58.3 6.1 75 16.7
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2018 20 .396 17 3 17.6 3 0 0.0
2019 91 .379 50 4 8.0 41 10 24.4
2020 90 .329 58 17 29.3 32 18 56.3
2021 197 .328 104 3 2.9 93 67 72.0
2022 12 .536 5 0 0.0 7 3 42.9

Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2018 11 14.8 54.5% 0.0% 24 20.3 0.0% 4.2%
2019 78 20.1 2.6% 0.0% 78 23.9 0.0% 12.8%
2020 98 20.9 0.0% 5.1% 59 24.8 0.0% 8.5%
2021 224 20.7 2.7% 3.1% 156 25.3 0.0% 23.1%
2022 12 19.4 0.0% 0.0% 19 24.7 0.0% 26.3%
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Pitch Distribution