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Pittsburgh Pirates

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April 2, 2021 12:36 AM
Pirates' Sam Howard: Earns win in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard (1-0) earned the win in relief Thursday against the Cubs after striking out the side in a spotless inning.

Howard pitched the sixth inning of the season opener and was absolutely dominant -- he tossed nine of his 13 pitches for strikes. That said, the entire Pirates bullpen was lights out, allowing just one run across six frames between six hurlers. Howard is coming off the best season of his career in 2020, as he posted a 3.86 ERA with a career-best 1.24 WHIP across 21 innings (22 appearances).

September 20, 2020 05:48 PM
Pirates' Sam Howard: Struggles in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard (2-3) allowed two runs on three hits while pitching just one-third of an inning to take the loss against the Cardinals on Saturday.

As part of a bullpen meltdown, Geoff Hartlieb came in and walked the first two batters he saw. Howard allowed both inherited runners to score and yielded two runs of his own to take the loss. The implosion squandered six no-hit innings from Mitch Keller and raised Howard's ERA to 3.66 through 20 appearances.

August 2, 2020 01:24 PM
Pirates' Sam Howard: Receives callup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was recalled from the three-man taxi squad Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

Howard was unable to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he'll join the active roster after spending time on the taxi squad. The 27-year-old should fill a low-leverage role out of the bullpen for the Buccos.

March 20, 2020 05:36 PM
Pirates' Sam Howard: Sent to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.

Howard was plucked off waivers from the Rockies in October but won't be opening the season in the big leagues. He owns a 5.87 ERA in 23 career major-league innings.

October 31, 2019 08:48 PM
Pirates' Sam Howard: Grabbed by Pirates
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Wednesday.

Howard threw 19 innings for the Rockies this season, struggling to a 6.63 ERA. The lefty's 25.3 percent strikeout rate was decent, and he struck out 28.7 percent of batters at Triple-A Albuquerque, so he could have a shot at a bullpen role on Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster.

August 28, 2019 05:24 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Back in majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday.

Howard has a 3.91 ERA in 42 appearances out of the Triple-A bullpen, but he has been much worse (7.56 ERA) in six appearances for the Rockies. He should offer bullpen depth over the rest of the season.

July 21, 2019 10:52 AM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Recalled to majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday.

Howard was added to the 40-man roster and called up after the team designated Mark Reynolds for assignment. He figures to provide bullpen depth for the club after posting a 3.83 ERA and 1.52 WHIP across 44.2 innings in a relief role for Albuquerque this season.

March 18, 2019 12:48 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Heads to minor-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.

This isn't all too surprising. Howard spent the 2018 season with the Rockies but was non-tendered following the season. The 26-year-old southpaw will provide bullpen depth for Colorado.

January 29, 2019 01:08 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Re-signs with Colorado
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard re-signed with the Rockies on a minor-league contract earlier this month, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Howard made four appearances out of the Colorado bullpen in 2018 but wasn't able to maintain his spot on the 40-man roster heading into the winter. He'll get the opportunity to compete for a bullpen gig with the big club in spring training, though it's most likely he'll end up at Triple-A Albuquerque to begin the campaign.

November 30, 2018 09:24 PM
Sam Howard: Let go by Colorado
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was non-tendered by the Rockies on Friday, Thomas Harding of reports.

Howard emerged in the big leagues during the 2018 campaign, tossing four innings out of the bullpen and allowing one run while punching out one batter. He figures to get at least a few more shots at major-league action in 2019, assuming he signs elsewhere over the offseason.

September 4, 2018 07:24 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Summoned from minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

Howard has spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, compiling a 5.06 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 80:34 K:BB across 96 innings with the Isotopes. He figures to provide additional depth down the stretch, though Howard's lack of big-league experience coupled with his underwhelming minor-league numbers suggest he'll be limited to low-leverage work.

August 14, 2018 08:00 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Returns to action in minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard fired four scoreless innings for Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, walking two while striking out five.

Howard didn't miss a beat in his return to action after exiting his previous starts with an apparent injury. The 25-year-old owns a 5.21 ERA through 17 starts (74.1 innings) with the Isotopes this season.

August 6, 2018 02:45 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Suffers shoulder injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard left Sunday's game for Triple-A Albuquerque after being struck in the left shoulder by a line drive.

Howard didn't even make it through the first inning prior to suffering the injury. The extent of the issue is unknown, but he'll be further evaluated in the near future.

July 29, 2018 01:40 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Demoted to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.

Howard will head to the minors to make room on the 25-man roster for the acquisition of Seung Hwan Oh. Howard made just one appearance in the big leagues this season, tossing a scoreless frame while surrendering one hit.

July 14, 2018 07:56 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Brought back to big leagues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.

Howard made a single appearance for the Rockies back in June, throwing one scoreless inning. Harrison Musgrave was placed on the disabled list with a strained hip flexor in a corresponding move.

June 14, 2018 02:36 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Sent back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, The Denver Post reports.

Howard's stay with the Rockies lasted just four days, with his return to the minors coinciding with Harrison Musgrave's activation from the bereavement list. The 25-year-old made just one appearance during his brief stay with the Rockies, allowing one hit in a scoreless inning of work. He'll continue to work as a starter with the Isotopes.

June 11, 2018 12:36 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Recalled from minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rockies recalled Howard from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.

Howard made his MLB debut out of the bullpen Sunday in the Rockies' 8-3 loss to the Diamondbacks, working around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning. The 25-year-old was deployed exclusively as a starter during his time at Albuquerque this season, so he should give the Rockies some extra length out of the bullpen. It's likely that most of his usage will come in lower-leverage scenarios.

March 19, 2018 04:00 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Sent back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

The 25-year-old stood virtually no chance of cracking the Opening Day roster, as his presence on the 40-man roster can largely be chalked up to protection from the Rule 5 draft. Howard gave up seven earned runs in 12.1 innings this spring (5.11 ERA). He'll likely join the Isotopes' rotation after making his Triple-A debut last season and producing a 3.89 ERA in 14 starts.

November 20, 2017 06:24 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Added to 40-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was added to the Rockies' 40-man roster Monday.

As a result of the move, Howard will now be protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. He put together another solid season in the minors, compiling a combined 3.32 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 104 strikeouts across 127.1 innings between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque. He'll likely start the season out at offering pitching depth at Triple-A.

April 27, 2017 03:40 PM
Rockies' Sam Howard: Returns to action Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard (undisclosed) started Saturday's contest for Double-A Hartford, allowing no runs two hits and a walk while striking out three in four innings of work.

Howard spent the beginning of the season at extended spring training due to an undisclosed ailment, but all concerns about his health seem to be gone at this point. Look for the southpaw to continue developing as a starter with the Yard Goats as the season rolls along.

Last 7 Games
06/11@ MILL 4-71.10002
06/09vs LADL 1-21.10010
06/05vs MIAW 8-72.01002
06/03vs MIAW 5-30.20000
06/01@ KCL 5-100.10000
05/30vs COLL 3-40.20022
05/29vs COLW 4-01.00010
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2014R-Grand Junction Rocki 53.1141301304210735.421.563
2015AFX-Asheville Tourists134.0252511190122321313.421.216
2016AFA-Modesto Nuts 65.2111104307324432.481.028
2016AA-Hartford Yard Goats 90.11616056067281134.001.565
2017AAA-Albuquerque Isotopes 81.0151404406433823.891.420
2017AA-Hartford Yard Goats 46.19911404010312.340.889
2018AAA-Albuquerque Isotopes 96.02121038080341065.061.458
2019AAA-Albuquerque Isotopes 50.242004116223503.941.454

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Pittsburgh Pirates

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