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.
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.