Sam James Howard … son of Tom and Beverly, resides in Cartersville, Ga., in the offseason...Hobbies include hunting, fishing and playing golf...Played baseball at Cartersville High School … attended Georgia Southern University for three years prior to being drafted by the Rockies...His brother, Jack, played golf at the Air Force Academy and now flies the F-16 Fighting Falcon...Twitter handle is @Sam_Howard32.
Attended his first Major League Spring Training before splitting the season between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque...Was named a MiLB.com Organization All-Star … began the season in Hartford prior to making his Triple-A debut on June 16 … made his strongest Triple-A start on July 4, holding Sacramento scoreless on three hits over eight innings pitched with no walks and a career-high-tying 10 strikeouts...Was added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 20.
Split the season between High-A Modesto and Double-A Hartford, going a combined 9-9 with a 3.35 ERA (156.0 IP, 58 ER) and a career high 140 strikeouts...Named a Mid-Season All-Star in the High-A California League after going 4-3 with a 2.47 ERA (65.2 IP, 18 ER) in 11 starts with Modesto … held opponents to a .184 batting average...In his last 10 starts with Double-A Hartford, went 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA (59.2 IP, 18 ER) … pitched seven innings in each of his last three starts of the season.
Made 25 starts with Low-A Asheville, going 11-9 with a 3.43 ERA (134.0 IP, 51 ER) and 122 strikeouts, the most in the South Atlantic League...Recorded a team-high 11 wins, tied for fifth-most in the South Atlantic League, en route to being named MiLB.com Organization All-Star...Pitched a complete-game shutout in only 81 pitches July 27 vs. Rome … allowed four hits and no walks with five strikeouts across nine innings.
Went 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA (53.1 IP, 32 ER) across 14 appearances, 13 starts, with Rookie Level Grand Junction in his first professional season...Pitched into the sixth inning in each of his last two starts of the season, allowing a combined three runs in 11.1 innings pitched.