Spencer Howard is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Redshirt freshman in 2016, Howard pitched for the Mustangs as a relief pitcher, going 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA and striking out 39 batters in 36+23 innings. He was redshirted the next year. One save was also made by Howard.
Howard threw more than 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings in each of his 21 appearances in the regular season.
In 2015, Howard returned to play summer baseball in Bellingham 2016. While working with Clem, he concentrated on increasing his strength with the goal of becoming a starting pitcher.
Howard was summoned into the Cal Poly starting rotation in 2017 after a member of the Cal Poly starting rotation was injured.
Fangraphs dubbed Howard the Big West Conference’s best draft-eligible pitcher, as well as the Big West Conference’s best starter, halfway through his redshirt sophomore season.
A total of 17 appearances, 12 of which were starts, yielded 8–1 records and a 2.05 ERA. According to both MLB.com and Baseball America, Howard was the 99th best prospect in his draft class.
Is Spencer Howard A Rookie?
No, Several Phillies prospects began the pandemic-shortened 2020 season in an alternate training facility after making it to Double-A in 2019.