• Full name Ryan Avery Howard
  • Born 07/25/1994 in St. Peters, MO
  • Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 195 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Missouri
  • Drafted in the 5th round (155th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2016 (signed for $250,000).
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    As a draft-eligible sophomore last season, Howard slid to the 31st round (Giants) because teams expected him to head back to school, but also because he was considered the seventh-best shortstop in the Southeastern Conference--there were a lot of potentially better options. A year later, Howard is pretty much the same prospect having the same statistical season, but in a much thinner shortstop class, he's now one of the better college shortstops in the draft class. The shortstop on USA Baseball's collegiate national team last summer, Howard may have to move off the position as a pro as he's an average runner with modest short-area quickness. His range is fringe-average at best but he does make the plays on the balls he reaches and he has an above-average arm. At the plate Howard can handle velocity and his size (6-foot-1, 192 pounds) leads evaluators to believe he will add a little more power to the underwhelming 8-10 home run power he demonstrates now.

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