Samuel James Howard...Wife's name is Emily...Is a 2011 graduate of Cartersville (GA) High School, where he lettered twice as a member of the varsity baseball team...Went 9-1 with a 1.53 ERA during his senior season and was named the team MVP and the best pitcher...Attended Georgia Southern University for three years prior to being drafted by Colorado...His brother, Jack, played golf at the Air Force Academy and now flies the F-16 Fighthing Falcon.
Spent majority of season with Albuquerque (Rockies' Triple-A) while also having two separate stints with Colorado...Posted a 5.81 ERA (26.1ip/17er) in April-May and a 1.85 ERA (24.1ip/5er) from June through the remainder of the season with Albuquerque...Limited right-handed batters to a .219 bating average (28-for-128) while pitching for the Isotopes...Had a contract selected by Colorado on 7/21...Made six appearances with the Rockies before being optioned back to Triple-A on 8/10...Was recalled a second and final time on 8/28...Tossed 1.2 scoreless innings while recording his first Major League win on 9/15 vs. San Diego...Picked up his second victory after pitching 2.0 scoreless innings in Colorado's 8-6, 16-inning win on 9/24 at San Francisco...Produced a career-high four strikeouts in 2.0ip on 8/31 at Pittsburgh.
Made four relief appearances for the Rockies, including his Major League debut on June 10 vs. Arizona...Allowed one run on five hits in four relief appearances across three stints … tossed a scoreless inning in each of his first three relief appearances before allowing his first run Sept. 29 vs. Washington...Tossed a scoreless inning in his Major League debut June 10 vs. Arizona...Went 3-8 with a 5.06 ERA (96.0 IP, 54 ER), 34 walks and 80 strikeouts in 21 starts with Triple-A Albuquerque.
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.