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Nick Howard

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Nick Howard
Name: Nicholas Paul Howard
Born: Apr 6, 1993 in Buffalo, NY
High School: St. John's College HS, Washington
College: Virginia
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (19th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2014 (signed for $1,990,500)
Howard had a strenuous sophomore season, getting more than 200 plate appearances as a third baseman and sometime shortstop while logging 61 innings as one of Virginia's starters. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder also started in the Cape Cod League last summer, though the quality of his stuff was down. That has not been the case this spring after the Cavaliers have moved him to a relief role, where Howard has developed into an aggressive strike-throwing machine with power stuff and malicious intent. He was averaging 16.6 strikeouts per nine innings and had allowed just 18 baserunners through 23 innings. He pitches aggressively off a fastball that ranges from 93-96 mph and touches higher. Howard's curveball comes and goes, at times showing power and 12-to-6 shape, but he doesn't always throw it with conviction. He also throws a slider and changeup at times, all the while employing Virginia's trademark delivery that starts with bent knees. Howard's four-pitch mix and athleticism give him a chance to start, but he could zip to the majors as a reliever.
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