Spencer Howard

Spencer Howard

27-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Francisco Giants
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Spencer Howard in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Giants in November of 2023.
Labors in loss
PSan Francisco Giants
June 14, 2024
Howard (0-1) allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out one over 2.1 innings Friday, taking the loss versus the Angels.
ANALYSIS
Howard had been generally passable over his first three appearances (one start), but he struggled as the starter against a weak offense Friday. The Angels got on the board in the second inning and then poured it on in the third before Howard exited the contest. He's now at a 4.02 ERA with a 1.66 WHIP and 10:7 K:BB over 15.2 innings this season. The right-hander's time in the rotation was always likely to be temporary, though none of Blake Snell (groin), Alex Cobb (hip/shoulder) or Robbie Ray (elbow) are particularly close to returning. If Howard remains in the rotation, he's lined up to make his next appearance on the road against the Cubs.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
62
Last 10 Games
62
Last 5 Games
62
How many pitches does Spencer Howard generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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 2022
 
 
-35%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-62%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .235 116 19 13 24 10 1 2
Since 2022vs Right .360 152 25 12 49 7 1 12
2024vs Left .167 33 6 2 5 2 0 0
2024vs Right .438 38 4 5 14 3 1 1
2023vs Left .333 4 1 1 1 0 0 0
2023vs Right .273 14 1 2 3 0 0 1
2022vs Left .261 79 12 10 18 8 1 2
2022vs Right .344 100 20 5 32 4 0 10
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-2%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-49%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-8%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 6.75 2.09 25.1 1 3 0 6.4 5.0 1.8
Since 2022Away 6.61 1.44 31.1 1 2 0 7.5 3.2 2.6
2024Home 5.68 2.53 6.1 0 1 0 7.1 5.7 0.0
2024Away 2.89 1.07 9.1 0 0 0 4.8 2.9 1.0
2023Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Away 10.80 2.10 3.1 0 0 0 5.4 8.1 2.7
2022Home 7.11 1.95 19.0 1 2 0 6.2 4.7 2.4
2022Away 7.71 1.50 18.2 1 2 0 9.2 2.4 3.4
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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
1.43
 
K/9
5.7
 
BB/9
4.0
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
94.2 mph
 
ERA
4.02
 
WHIP
1.66
 
BABIP
.345
 
GB/FB
0.83
 
Left On Base
77.2%
 
Exit Velocity
85.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.3%
 
Spin Rate
2057 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
28.0%
 
Swinging Strike
9.6%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Move to bullpen could be coming
PTexas Rangers
August 20, 2021
Howard may lose starts, possibly to Drew Anderson, after allowing five runs in two innings Thursday.
ANALYSIS
The righty has been tagged for eight runs and 10 hits in 7.1 innings since joining the Rangers. Howard's inability to provide length as a starter is evident, as he's lasted no more than three innings in any of his Texas outings and reached the four-inning mark just twice with Philadelphia before the trade. Drew Anderson, meanwhile, provided five innings of one-run ball in relief Thursday, suggesting that he may deserve an opportunity in the starting rotation. If such a move occurred, Howard would presumably be a long reliever, or a scheduled piggyback in Anderson's starts.
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Acquired by the Rangers from the Phillies at the 2021 trade deadline, Howard failed to take a step forward last season and surrendered 31 earned runs across 37.2 frames in the big leagues. The one-time top prospect has now made 35 appearances in the majors and has a 7.09 ERA, and his numbers at the Triple-A level (4.73 ERA and 1.32 WHIP) in 2022 were also unimpressive. Howard is still just 26 years old, but his prospect pedigree has faded fast over the past couple years. The Rangers completely revamped their starting rotation during the offseason with the signings of Jacob deGrom, Nate Eovaldi and Andrew Heaney, and Howard is unlikely to be counted on for more than a couple spot starts in 2023.
Howard and the Phillies simply weren't a great fit. By the time he was traded to Texas, it seemed like both sides were happy to be moving on. Health and durability have been issues for Howard throughout his pro career, but when he's been on, he has looked like a future No. 2 starter, with a bevy of plus offerings. He seems to be back on track with Texas, and after allowing one run while striking out six over five innings in big-league spring training, he has locked up a spot in the rotation. Howard comes with a lot of risk, but this has all the signs of a post-hype sleeper making the most of a change of scenery.
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.
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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Goes 4.2 innings again vs. Texas
PSan Francisco Giants
June 8, 2024
Howard didn't factor into the decision Saturday against the Rangers, allowing one run on three hits and three walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out two.
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Allows two runs
PSan Francisco Giants
June 3, 2024
Howard yielded two runs on four hits over 4.2 innings in a no-decision Monday. He struck out three during the loss to Arizona.
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Set for bulk-relief role Monday
PSan Francisco Giants
June 3, 2024
Howard is expected to work in bulk relief behind opening pitcher Erik Miller in Monday's game against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Impresses in bulk relief
PSan Francisco Giants
May 29, 2024
Howard didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 1-0 extra-inning win over the Phillies, striking out four over four scoreless innings while scattering five hits and no walks.
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Promoted, likely to pitch Tuesday
PSan Francisco Giants
May 28, 2024
The Giants selected Howard's contract from Triple-A Sacramento, and he's expected to serve as the primary pitcher Tuesday against the Phillies, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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