Brian Edward Howard was originally signed by A's scout Chris Reilly…graduated from St. Louis University High School (MO)…attended Texas Christian University where he compiled a 26-5 record and a 3.46 ERA in 62 games, including 40 starts, over four seasons…led the nation with 19 starts as a senior in 2017 and ranked second with 12 wins.
Spent most of the season with Double-A Midland, where he was 8-8 with a 3.25 ERA in 23 games, all starts…also went 0-1 with a 13.81 ERA in four starts during a three-week stay with Triple-A Las Vegas…combined to go 8-9 with a 4.30 ERA in a career-high 27 starts overall…also had career highs in innings pitched (144.1), losses, hits (175), runs (77), earned runs (69), walks (47), hit batters (6) and wild pitches (12)…ranked third in the A's farm system in strikeouts (134) and innings pitched, tied for fifth in wins and seventh in ERA…was named to the Texas League Midseason and Postseason All-Star teams…finished second in the TL in ERA (3.25), tied for second in wins
(8), fifth in innings pitched (130.0), tied for fifth in games started (23), tied for sixth in strikeouts (118) and eighth in opponents batting average (.277)…allowed a combined .294 opponents batting average with both clubs…that broke down to .286 (93-for-325) against right-handed hitters compared to .304 (72-for-237) against left-handers…yielded a .343 average with the bases empty compared to .244 with runners on…allowed a .323 average with no outs or one out, a .220 mark with two outs…opponents hit .343 with a .400 on-base percentage when leading off an inning...was 4-2 with a 1.81 ERA over his first nine starts through May 20…then went 4-7 with a 5.61 ERA
over his final 18 starts…compiled a 4-3 record, a 2.09 ERA and one home run in 47.1 innings in eight starts at the RockHounds Security Bank Ballpark…was 4-6 with a 5.38 ERA and 10 home runs in 97.0 innings in 19 starts in all other ballparks (including Las Vegas).
MINORS: Allowed just one run over his first three starts and was 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA…that included back-to-back starts on April 10 at Amarillo and April 15 vs. Amarillo where he did not allow a run…tossed 5.0 scoreless innings in the former and 6.0 in the latter as part of a 13.0-inning scoreless streak from April 5-15…had a total of five scoreless starts for the season (6.0 at Frisco, May 20; 7.0 at Frisco, June 20; 6.0 at Corpus Christi, July 7)…finished April 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA in five starts…then went 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA in six starts in May…issued a career-high five walks in 5.0 innings May 25 at Amarillo…that began a six-start stretch through June 21 where he went 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA…tossed a season-high 7.0 innings in a 6-2 win over Amarillo May 31…it was his first of three outings of 7.0 innings (June 27 at Frisco, July 2 vs. Amarillo)…struck out a seasonhigh nine batters in 6.1 innings in a 4-1 loss to Arkansas June 21…went 2-1 with a 0.75 ERA over a four-start stretch from June 27 to July 12…was named TL Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 1-7 when he went 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts (13.0 ip, 13 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 8 so)…then allowed five runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings at Arkansas July 17 and logged a season-high 101 pitches in 6.1 innings…that gave him a 7-7 record and a 2.70 ERA in 20 starts with Midland…was promoted to Las Vegas July 24…matched the shortest start of his career in his Triple-A debut July 26 at El Paso when he allowed a career-high tying eight runs on seven hits in 2.0 innings…ended up with a no decision in the Aviators 20-11 win…yielded a career-high tying 10 hits Aug. 1 against
New Orleans…was 0-1 with a 13.81 ERA in four starts with Las Vegas when he was transferred back to Midland Aug. 15…went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA over his final three regular season starts with the RockHounds…matched his career high for hits Aug. 29 at Northwest Arkansas (10)…started and lost Game 3 of the TL Semifinals, a 6-2 loss to Amarillo on Sept. 6 (6.0 ip, 8 h, 5 r, 5 er, 3 bb, 3 so).