Spencer Howard
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Howard was dominant in the 2019 Arizona Fall League, but didn't look like the same pitcher over 24.1 innings in the majors. His stuff wasn't as crisp or as electric, leading to an underwhelming 20.4 K%. He was shut down in September with shoulder soreness, and it's possible he was never quite right physically or mentally last season. Howard also missed time in 2019 with a sore shoulder, which is a troubling trend. His fastball, slider and changeup can all be at least plus pitches when he is at his best, and he has shown solid command in the past, which could add up to a No. 2 starter if he can overcome his shoulder issues. Those close with Howard say he is fully healthy and will be back with a vengeance in 2021. He will enter camp as a favorite to claim a rotation spot, but he hasn't thrown over 100 innings since 2018, so we shouldn't be projecting much more than 140-150 innings, even with good health. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a $1.15 million contract with the Phillies in June of 2017.
Returns from injured list
PPhiladelphia Phillies
September 25, 2020
Howard (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday.
ANALYSIS
The highly touted rookie recorded an unimpressive 5.92 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in his first six big-league starts before being sidelined with shoulder stiffness in mid-September. He isn't expected to be ready to start any of the Phillies' final three games, but he could make an appearance out of the bullpen.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
73
Last 10 Games
73
Last 5 Games
72
How many pitches does Spencer Howard generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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What part of the game does Spencer Howard generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .333 59 10 7 17 3 1 4
Since 2018vs Right .265 54 13 3 13 0 0 2
2020vs Left .333 59 10 7 17 3 1 4
2020vs Right .265 54 13 3 13 0 0 2
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
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-11%
ERA on Road
2019
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2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 6.23 1.85 13.0 1 1 0 6.9 3.5 3.5
Since 2018Away 5.56 1.41 11.1 0 1 0 10.3 4.0 0.8
2020Home 6.23 1.85 13.0 1 1 0 6.9 3.5 3.5
2020Away 5.56 1.41 11.1 0 1 0 10.3 4.0 0.8
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Spencer Howard compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.30
 
K/9
8.5
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
2.2
 
Fastball
94.1 mph
 
ERA
5.92
 
WHIP
1.64
 
BABIP
.345
 
GB/FB
1.30
 
Left On Base
72.8%
 
Exit Velocity
83.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.1%
 
Spin Rate
2200 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.2%
 
Swinging Strike
10.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Including 21.1 IP in the Arizona Fall League, Howard had a 1.99 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 133:28 K:BB in 99.1 IP en route to establishing himself as one of the game's top pitching prospects. His plus-plus fastball sat at 95-98 mph in his final AFL outing and has touched triple-digits in the past. Howard's slider could be a 70-grade pitch and while he is still working on consistency with his changeup, that pitch also has plus-plus potential. His curveball lags behind as a fourth offering. A reliever in college, the 6-foot-2 righty has developed average command in pro ball. He missed two months last year with shoulder soreness and remains pretty risky from a health standpoint, given how hard he throws. The way he handled Double-A and the AFL suggests he will head to Triple-A. Given the openings in the MLB rotation and Philly's high expectations for 2020, Howard should spend most of the year with the big club.
A 6-foot-3 righty whom the Phillies selected with the 45th overall pick in 2017, Howard spent his entire age-21/22 season at Low-A, flying under the radar until he went on one of the most dominant runs of any pitcher to close out the year. He struck out 10 over six scoreless frames on June 29, and from that date on, he logged a 2.12 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 81 strikeouts over 59.1 innings. That 11-start run coincided with an uptick in stuff. His fastball was a plus pitch early in the year, but he was touching triple digits with it later in the season. That velocity, combined with movement, will allow it to play as at least a 70-grade pitch if he can locate it in the upper levels. His slider is a second plus pitch, and his curveball and changeup round out a deep repertoire. He did not start touching 100 mph until late in the year, so his stock hasn't really blown up yet, but if he comes out pumping that type of gas with solid command early in 2019, look out.
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Feels good after bullpen session
PPhiladelphia Phillies
Shoulder
September 22, 2020
Howard (shoulder) felt good after throwing a bullpen session Monday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Lands on injured list
PPhiladelphia Phillies
Shoulder
September 13, 2020
Howard was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right shoulder stiffness, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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Managing shoulder injury
PPhiladelphia Phillies
Shoulder
September 12, 2020
Howard was removed from Saturday's start against the Marlins with right shoulder stiffness, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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Exits with apparent injury
PPhiladelphia Phillies
Undisclosed
September 12, 2020
Howard left in the fourth inning of his start Saturday against the Marlins with an apparent injury, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Start pushed to Saturday
PPhiladelphia Phillies
September 10, 2020
Howard will start Saturday rather than Friday against the Marlins, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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