Monday, March 7, 2011

BA Profie: Cephus Howard

Here is profile on Cephus Howard that BA posted after his 2009 year (sub.) in Indy Ball:

3. Cephus Howard, rhp, Schamburg (Northern)
Age: 24. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 240.

He may be 25 (he's had a birthday since the season ended), but Howard is still an extremely raw pitcher with a good reason to be unrefined. Howard was a catcher growing up, and he didn't begin pitching until after a knee injury and ineligibility as a senior ended his career at USC Aiken (because of a knee injury, he never played in a college game). But even though he was new to pitching, the Angels saw enough to draft him in the 37th round in 2007. The Angels gave him two seasons before releasing him after a very brief stint in high Class A Rancho Cucamonga this season.

Pitching with the Flyers, Howard showed that he's a work in progress with an unrefined delivery but he already has shown control and should continue to improve as he gets more accustomed to pitching. His fastball sits between 88-91, touching 93 mph and he also throws a cutter, a tight slider and an inconsistent 12-to-6 curveball. Howard's stuff was good enough to blow away a lot of Northern League hitters especially as the season went along. He allowed only one hit in his final 7 2/3 innings of work while striking out six. For the season he struck out more than a batter an inning (47 Ks in 42 IP) and had an excellent 1.71 ERA.


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