Sam Howard

Sam Howard

28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A third-round pick by the Rockies in 2014, Howard was claimed off waivers by the Pirates at the end of 2019. The lefty battled some gopheritis, but pitched well enough otherwise in 2020 to safely project for a middle-innings role on a bad Pirates team. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Rockies in January of 2019.
Strikes out side as opener
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 24, 2021
Howard struck out three in a perfect inning in Friday's 8-6 loss to Philadelphia.
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The southpaw did his job as the opener in Friday's bullpen game, mowing through the top of Philadelphia's order in just 12 pitches (nine strikes). Howard owns a 5.66 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 54:29 K:BB through 41.1 innings while logging 11 holds in 50 appearances. The 28-year-old is most likely to resume a low-leverage relief role going forward.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Sam Howard generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Sam Howard generally pitch?
 
 
 
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Extra
 
 
 
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Extra
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-39%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .204 166 48 24 28 5 0 4
Since 2019vs Right .249 214 62 27 44 9 0 12
2021vs Left .158 93 25 14 12 3 0 1
2021vs Right .259 106 35 18 22 3 0 6
2020vs Left .259 32 12 5 7 2 0 1
2020vs Right .200 58 15 4 10 3 0 3
2019vs Left .265 41 11 5 9 0 0 2
2019vs Right .286 50 12 5 12 3 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-8%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-55%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-62%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 5.04 1.54 44.2 4 2 0 11.5 5.4 1.6
Since 2019Away 5.80 1.34 40.1 3 5 0 11.8 5.4 1.8
2021Home 5.40 1.61 26.2 1 0 0 10.8 6.8 1.7
2021Away 5.89 1.25 18.1 2 4 0 13.7 5.9 1.0
2020Home 5.40 1.50 10.0 2 2 0 9.9 2.7 1.8
2020Away 2.45 1.00 11.0 0 1 0 13.1 4.9 1.6
2019Home 3.38 1.38 8.0 1 0 0 15.8 4.5 1.1
2019Away 9.00 1.82 11.0 1 0 0 7.4 4.9 3.3
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Stat Review
How does Sam Howard compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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 30 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
1.88
 
K/9
12.0
 
BB/9
6.4
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
93.5 mph
 
ERA
5.60
 
WHIP
1.47
 
BABIP
.288
 
GB/FB
1.19
 
Left On Base
65.8%
 
Exit Velocity
79.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.4%
 
Spin Rate
2328 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.6%
 
Swinging Strike
16.3%
 
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More Fantasy News
Set to lead bullpen game
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 23, 2021
Howard will start a bullpen game for the Pirates on Friday against the Phillies, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Takes loss Sunday
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 6, 2021
Howard (2-4) allowed two runs on one hit and one walk in just a third of an inning as he took the loss against the Cubs on Sunday.
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Reinstated from injured list
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 28, 2021
Howard (oblique) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday.
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Begins rehab assignment
PPittsburgh Pirates
Oblique
August 17, 2021
Howard (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Faces hitters Wednesday
PPittsburgh Pirates
Oblique
August 11, 2021
Howard (oblique) threw a simulated game at PNC Park on Wednesday, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
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