Fangraphs, a website I find myself spending more and more time perusing, has listed Sam Howard (Staunton 2012) as one of the Colorado Rockies’ top 30 prospects!
Dan Farnsworth is the site’s prospect guru, and he listed Sam at #30 overall, with the following writeup:
Howard progressed well in 2015 with a stellar year in the South Atlantic League including a run of 22.2 scoreless innings. Though his stuff is around average across the board, he may have the command he needs to fit comfortably in the back of a big league rotation. His fastball sits in the low-90s with little movement but great location, while his slider is a sharp, downward-breaking pitch that has strikeout potential when he locates it. His changeup is exceptional for how well he replicates his fastball arm speed, making it another average to tick above pitch. He will have to earn every step up the ladder, but Howard could be a nice value in a few years.
“Stuff is around average” doesn’t ring superstar, but then “he may have the command he needs to fit comfortably in the back of a big league rotation” and “could be a nice value in a few years” are very positive.
Sam did indeed have a “stellar year” in 2015. Here’s to another one in 2016!