Chicago Cubs prospect Ed Howard is dealing with a long absence.
The shortstop sustained a vital hip damage Tuesday at High-A South Bend. The Cubs are nonetheless accumulating knowledge at the damage and figuring out the following steps. Howard hit the bottom awkwardly after looking to keep away from being tagged on an errant throw to first base.
It’s a blow for Howard, 20, who has been restricted to just 103 skilled video games because the Cubs drafted him with the No. 16 select within the 2020 draft out of Mount Carmel. Baseball America charges Howard their No. 18 prospect whilst MLB.com put him No. 14 of their preseason ratings.
President of baseball operations Jed Hoyer counseled Howard’s excellent angle in regards to the state of affairs in spite of being bummed by way of the damage. He expects Howard to return again sturdy.
“It’s by no means excellent timing for damage like that,” Hoyer stated Saturday. “But it’s a disgrace. He labored so extremely onerous this wintry weather. I feel he were given more potent than someone at our camp this wintry weather. You have a look at the go out velocities, he introduced his strikeout charge down. He’s been enjoying his standard excellent protection.
“It’s a disgrace that his season goes to be reduce quick.”
The pandemic value Howard his debut yr when the 2020 minor-league season was once canceled. He struggled at Low-A Myrtle Beach, generating a .225/.277/.315 slash line and 16 extra-base hits, 5.5 BB% and 30.1 Ok% in 80 video games (326 plate appearances). He additionally misplaced six weeks to a hamstring damage.
Howard answered neatly to a disappointing season. He spent the wintry weather on the Cubs’ advanced in Arizona to get hands-on instruction with minor-league workforce, collaborating in a camp that includes greater than two dozen of the group’s best potentialities.
The Cubs had been inspired by way of Howard’s 2022 get started after difficult him at South Bend. He was once producing extra touch (20.4 Ok%) and getting on base at a greater clip (.323 on-base proportion and 9.7 BB%) via 23 video games. Now he faces a long restoration.