Spencer Lee Howard… 2014 graduate of Templeton High School (CA)… Attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo… Hobbies: Hiking, going to the beach, outdoor activities and playing video games with friends… Signed by: Shane Bowers.
Attended ML spring training and summer camp and began the season at the alternate training site in Lehigh Valley...Had his contract selected on 8/9 and made his ML debut that day vs ATL in the second game of a doubleheader as the starting pitcher...Rated as the No. 27 prospect in baseball by Baseball America prior to the season; was the first Phillies pitcher so highly ranked in the publication’s Top 100 to debut with the club since Cole Hamels (No. 17 in 2004, debuted in 2006) and just the fifth Phillies pitcher ever ranked as high to debut with the club l On 8/20 at TOR (gm 1), his first career road start, became the first Phillie to take the mound in a major league game in Buffalo since Charlie Ferguson on 9/19/1885... Earned his first ML win on 8/31 vs WSH l Was on the 10-day IL, 9/13-23, with right shoulder stiffness...Following the season, was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Phillies organization by Baseball America.
Selected as an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com...In 15 starts overall, posted a 2.03 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, had a .173 OPP AVG and averaged 11.92 SO/9.0 IP...Posted the lowest WHIP among all Phillies minor league pitchers (min. 70.0 IP)...Named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week, 7/8-14...Was selected as Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week three times: 4/22-28, 7/8-14 and 8/5-11...Began the season with Clearwater (A) and finished with Reading (AA)...Was on the IL, 5/5-7/7, with right shoulder fatigue; included rehab assignments with Gulf Coast League Phillies West and East (R)...Struck out 10 of the 20 batters he faced in his Reading debut, 7/26 at New Hampshire...In a postseason start on 9/4 vs Trenton, struck out a professional-best 12 batters...Following the season, pitched for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 2.11 ERA (5 ER, 21.1 IP), .137 OPP AVG and 27 SO in six starts...Following the season, named the No. 1 prospect and rated as having the best fastball in the Phillies minor league system by Baseball America; was also ranked the 27th-best prospect in baseball.
Led all Phillies minor league pitchers in SO...Ranked T-1st in the South Atlantic League in SO, T-5th in wins and T-7th in starts & CG...Led all qualifying SAL starting pitchers with an 11.81 SO/9.0 IP ratio...Spent entire season with Lakewood (A)...Named Phillies Minor League Co-Pitcher of the Month for April...Twice selected as SAL Pitcher of the Week (4/23-29 and 6/25-7/1)...Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week, 6/25-7/1...Logged two 10-strikeout starts: 6/29 vs Hagerstown and 7/25 vs Greensboro...On 9/7 vs Kannapolis in Game 2 of the SAL Northern Division Championship Series, tossed the third 9.0-inning no-hitter in BlueClaws history (first in the playoffs)...His line from the no-hitter that helped Lakewood advance to the SAL Championship Series: W, 9.0 IP, BB, HB, 9 SO, 103 pitches...Won an MiLBY Award for "Best Performance" (both the fans' choice and MiLB.com staff choice) for his playoff no-hitter...Following the season, named the No. 8 prospect in the Phillies minor league system by Baseball America.
Began professional career with Williamsport (A)...Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week, 8/21-27...Earned first pro win on 8/23 (gm 2) vs Auburn...Had a season-high 10 SO over 4.2 IP, 8/29 vs Auburn...Averaged 12.71 SO/9.0 IP...Held LHH to a .211 AVG (12-57) and RHH to a .217 AVG (10-46)...Participated in Florida Instructional League.