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48 Spencer Howard SP

Texas Rangers

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July 31, 2021 09:44 AM
Rangers' Spencer Howard: Traded to Texas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard (finger), Josh Gessner and Kevin Gowdy were traded from the Phillies to the Rangers in exchange for Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

Howard has been a dominant pitcher in the minors, posting a 1.85 ERA and a 34.7 percent strikeout rate in 30 starts across the last four years. He hasn't come close to replicating that thus far in the majors, with his strikeout rate dropping to 22.5 percent and his ERA spiking to 5.81, though that comes in a small sample of just 52.2 innings.

July 27, 2021 09:04 AM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Expects to make next start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard (finger) isn't expected to miss any time after leaving Monday's start early against Washington, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

According to Zolecki, Howard left the game after a callus over a blister was torn away. He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out two over 3.2 innings prior to his departure. Fortunately, the issue shouldn't force the right-hander to miss his next turn through the rotation.

July 26, 2021 08:20 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Exits start early
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was removed in the fourth inning of Monday's game against the Nationals due to an apparent blister issue, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out two over 3.2 innings prior to his departure.

Howard's velocity noticeably decreased in the fourth inning and he allowed all three of his runs in the frame prior to leaving with the team trainer. He'll be considered day-to-day until further notice.

July 24, 2021 03:52 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Starting again Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard will remain in the rotation to start Monday against the Nationals, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

Howard has spent time in the rotation, bullpen and minors this season but is needed as a starter for now with Zach Eflin (knee) on the injured list. Eflin's injury isn't considered a long-term concern, but another strong showing from Howard could in theory give him the chance to stick around in favor of Vince Velasquez (5.00 ERA) or Matt Moore (5.79 ERA). The Phillies may not consider the young righty to be stretched out enough to stick as a starter, however, as he's only reached five innings once at any level this season and threw just three innings in his most recent start Wednesday against the Yankees.

July 22, 2021 12:20 AM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Tosses three scoreless innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two across three scoreless innings Wednesday against the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision.

Howard was slated to serve as an opener, and he worked efficiently to record 12 outs on only 42 pitches. He entered the game with a 5.82 ERA and 1.57 WHIP with 16 walks across 21.1 innings in the major leagues. Given those struggles, this was an encouraging outing for Howard and marked his longest scoreless effort of the campaign. Because Zach Eflin (kneed) is currently on the injured list, Howard could have a chance to take at least one more turn through the rotation.

July 21, 2021 03:48 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Scheduled to start bullpen game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard will start Wednesday against the Yankees in what's expected to be a bullpen game for the Phillies, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

Howard, who was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier in the day, will be pitching on three days' rest after he covered three innings in his most recent start in the minors. Since he only tossed 51 pitches in that outing, Howard should be able to give the Phillies three or four innings if he's efficient Wednesday, but he'll still face an uphill battle to qualify for a win. Cristopher Sanchez is a candidate to cover multiple innings after Howard exits.

July 22, 2021 09:12 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Recalled by Phillies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.

Howard had been stretching out as a starter in the minors since the end of June, but he'll be available to provide length out of the bullpen in Wednesday's series finale against the Yankees. The right-hander threw three innings during his most recent appearance Saturday, so he should be able to provide multiple innings if needed. Outfielder Mickey Moniak was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move.

June 29, 2021 11:16 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Committing to starter's role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard will pitch every fifth day for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will stretch out to 100 pitches, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Phillies are not going to rush Howard's return to the big leagues. Rather, they will give the righty ample time to develop as a starting pitcher instead of keeping him in a frequently changing role as both a starter and reliever.

June 29, 2021 05:20 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Optioned to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Phillies optioned Howard to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.

The righty has been able to pitch neither effectively nor deep into games, as he has a 5.82 ERA and has lasted no longer than four innings in any outing this season. Howard had been serving as the Phillies' sixth starter, but the return of Jean Segura (groin) required a demotion somewhere on the roster.

June 28, 2021 10:24 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Struggles in brief outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out one over 2.1 innings Monday against the Reds.

Howard made it through the first two innings unscathed, but the Reds struck for a pair in the third, resulting in his departure. The right-hander was added back into the starting rotation for Monday's contest, his first start since June 14, and he figures to stretch back out to a starting role after being temporarily used out of the bullpen. Howard owns a 5.82 ERA with a 27:16 K:BB across 21.2 frames in 2021.

June 28, 2021 09:32 AM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Back in rotation Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard is scheduled to start Monday's game against the Reds.

Howard will pick up his first start since June 15, as the Phillies' schedule has allowed the team to get by with a shortened four-man rotation for nearly two weeks. Before temporarily shifting to a relief role, Howard hadn't cleared four innings in any of his four starts, so the Phillies likely won't ask him to work deep into Monday's game as he transitions back into the rotation. Rookie Bailey Falter could be deployed as a piggyback pitcher behind Howard.

June 15, 2021 10:24 AM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Punished by the long ball
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard (0-2) allowed three runs on two hits and a walk while striking out four over four innings as he was handed the loss against the Dodgers on Monday.

All the damage against Howard came via the long ball, as he allowed a two-run homer to Will Smith in the fourth and a solo shot to Chris Taylor in the fifth before being taken out of the game. Howard has potential as one of the Phillies' best young arms, but he's still grinding through some growing pains and has yet to top four innings in a start this season. The 24-year-old now owns a 5.09 ERA and 23:12 K:BB over 17.2 innings and is expected to take the mound again this weekend against the Giants.

June 6, 2021 02:52 AM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Tosses 2.1 innings Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard didn't factor into the decision Saturday against the Nationals after tossing 2.1 innings of one-run ball, allowing one hit and two walks while fanning two.

Howard was tagged with the Nationals' first run of the game but didn't have too many problems on the mound in his short, 48-pitch outing. Howard has been a starter in each of his last three appearances with the Phillies, but it remains to be seen whether he'll remain in the rotation or if he'll return to the bullpen moving forward. His upside as a starter is quite limited, though, as he's yet to pitch more than four complete innings in any of his appearances.

June 2, 2021 10:36 AM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Wednesday's start postponed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard won't pitch Wednesday against the Reds after the game was postponed due to inclement weather.

Wednesday's contest will be made up in late June, so it's not yet clear whether Howard will serve as a starter in the team's upcoming series against the Nationals. The right-hander has started in each of his last two appearances and has allowed three runs on three hits and seven walks while striking out nine in seven innings during that time.

May 27, 2021 04:16 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Takes no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard did not factor into the decision during Thursday's win, holding the Marlins to one run on two hits and three walks while striking out four across four innings.

Making his second start of the season, Howard was held to a low pitch count (66 pitches) as the right-hander continued to build upon his endurance. Howard looked relatively strong through his first four innings of work, holding the Marlins scoreless along the way. Unfortunately, he couldn't keep things moving in the fifth after loading the bases with no outs and was consequently pulled. Luckily the bullpen only allowed one of his baserunners to score. The 24-year-old is likely to get another chance in the rotation, presumably next week at Cincinnati.

May 24, 2021 02:28 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Getting another start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard is scheduled to make his second start of the season Thursday against the Marlins, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

Howard showed shaky control in his first start of the season Saturday against the Red Sox (two runs allowed on four walks, one hit and one hit batsman), the Phillies weren't deterred enough by the outing to explore other options for the fifth spot in the rotation. The young right-hander should benefit this week from a matchup against a weaker offense in a more pitcher-friendly ballpark in Miami, but he may need to deliver better results to ensure he maintains a spot in the rotation moving forward. Matt Moore (back) could be ready to return from the IL next week and would be a candidate to slot back into the rotation if Howard can't get the job done.

May 23, 2021 04:36 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Struggles in short start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard (0-1) was charged with the loss against Boston on Saturday, allowing two runs on one hit and four walks while striking out five over three innings.

Howard showed flashes of his considerable potential in the contest, allowing only one hit -- a double -- and punching out five batters. However, the 24-year-old had problems finding the plate, throwing only 39 of 68 pitches for strikes and issuing four free passes. His struggles were especially harmful in the third inning, when Boston cashed in two of his three walks, including one issued to the opposing pitcher. With Matt Moore going on the 10-day IL on Saturday due to back spasms, Howard could get another chance to make his case for a long-term spot in the rotation. He's tentatively lined up to start at Miami on Thursday.

May 22, 2021 06:32 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Recalled for Saturday's start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard was recalled as expected ahead of his scheduled start Saturday against the Red Sox.

The Phillies intended to bring Howard along slowly this season but will call on him after he'd thrown just nine innings for the Triple-A team, as they haven't gotten nearly enough from their other back-end starters. He only threw four innings in his most recent start for Lehigh Valley, so Howard is not expected to throw more than 75 pitches Saturday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Matt Moore (back) was placed on the injured list in a corresponding move.

May 21, 2021 05:20 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Set to enter rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard will be called up to start Saturday against Boston, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

The Phillies would have preferred to bring Howard along slowly at the Triple-A level, but ineffectiveness from their other back-end starter options means he'll get the call after just three minor-league outings. Those starts spanned a total of just nine innings, and he maxed out at four frames in his most recent appearance, so he's unlikely to push towards 100 pitches right away. What exactly he'll offer the Phillies this year is something of a mystery, as he's a highly rated prospect but has so far struggled to a 6.28 ERA in 28.2 major-league innings, striking out a modest 23.1 percent of opposing batters after posting a career strikeout rate of 33.0 percent in 50 minor-league starts.

May 18, 2021 05:36 PM
Phillies' Spencer Howard: Strong start at Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard owns a 1.00 ERA and 38.2 percent strikeout rate through his first three starts of the year for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, including an eight-strikeout performance in his most recent outing Sunday.

The Phillies' plan all along seemed to be to manage Howard's innings carefully in the minors during the early part of the season before calling him up as a major-league rotation member later in the year. He's back on that path after making three big-league relief appearances in April when the team needed an extra arm. The young righty still isn't close to a true starter's workload, as he faced just nine batters in his first two Triple-A outings and 16 in his most recent one, so a promotion doesn't appear imminent, but the Phillies haven't gotten much from their fifth starter spot, meaning there won't be anyone blocking Howard once he's ready to go.

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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2021TEX025.72117000028.3251918231731
2020PHI125.9266000024.3301716611023
Total145.85013000052.3553634842754
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2021TEX021300.7000002.2361.48212714.29
2020PHI020290.7000000.3001.64411315.16
Total041590.7020002.2671.56724014.79
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2017ASX-Williamsport Crosscu 28.19901104018224.481.423
2018AFX-Lakewood BlueClaws112.023231980147401013.781.259
2019AFA-Clearwater Threshers 35.0770210485191.290.686
2019ROK-GCL Phillies West 3.01100005110.000.667
2019ROK-GCL Phillies East 2.111000031312.861.905
2019AAX-Reading Fightin Phil 30.2660100389202.380.960
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/210
Birthdate:
07/28/1996
Age:
25
Hometown:
San Luis Obispo, CA
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Philadelphia Phillies
College:

MLB Experience:
0