Spencer Howard
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
Philadelphia Phillies AA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Including 21.1 IP in the Arizona Fall League, Howard had a 1.99 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 133:28 K:BB in 99.1 IP en route to establishing himself as one of the game's top pitching prospects. His plus-plus fastball sat at 95-98 mph in his final AFL outing and has touched triple-digits in the past. Howard's slider could be a 70-grade pitch and while he is still working on consistency with his changeup, that pitch also has plus-plus potential. His curveball lags behind as a fourth offering. A reliever in college, the 6-foot-2 righty has developed average command in pro ball. He missed two months last year with shoulder soreness and remains pretty risky from a health standpoint, given how hard he throws. The way he handled Double-A and the AFL suggests he will head to Triple-A. Given the openings in the MLB rotation and Philly's high expectations for 2020, Howard should spend most of the year with the big club. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a $1.15 million contract with the Phillies in June of 2017.
Could be tapped as No. 5 starter
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
March 25, 2020
A shortened MLB season could lead to Howard opening the year in the big-league rotation, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Lauber speculates that the Phillies may cap Howard at around 130 innings this season, so while he would have been managed carefully in a full season, a shortened campaign could allow him to be treated like any other young starter. With neither Vince Velasquez nor Nick Pivetta seizing the fifth starter's spot this spring, the Phillies could turn to Howard, who might already be their third-best starter from a stuff standpoint. He was up to 98-99 mph with his fastball in his March 10 outing and all three offspeed pitches were working, according to Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
A 6-foot-3 righty whom the Phillies selected with the 45th overall pick in 2017, Howard spent his entire age-21/22 season at Low-A, flying under the radar until he went on one of the most dominant runs of any pitcher to close out the year. He struck out 10 over six scoreless frames on June 29, and from that date on, he logged a 2.12 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 81 strikeouts over 59.1 innings. That 11-start run coincided with an uptick in stuff. His fastball was a plus pitch early in the year, but he was touching triple digits with it later in the season. That velocity, combined with movement, will allow it to play as at least a 70-grade pitch if he can locate it in the upper levels. His slider is a second plus pitch, and his curveball and changeup round out a deep repertoire. He did not start touching 100 mph until late in the year, so his stock hasn't really blown up yet, but if he comes out pumping that type of gas with solid command early in 2019, look out.
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Scoreless inning in spring debut
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
March 10, 2020
Howard allowed two hits and struck out one in his one inning of work in his spring debut Tuesday.
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Set for spring debut
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
March 10, 2020
Howard will make his spring debut Tuesday against the Twins, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Resumes mound work
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
February 19, 2020
Howard (knee) completed his first bullpen session of spring training Wednesday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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Slowed by knee tweak
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
Knee
February 15, 2020
Howard's start to spring has been delayed after the righty tweaked his right knee, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Invited to major-league camp
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
January 13, 2020
Howard was invited to the Phillies' major-league spring training Monday.
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