Ed Howard

21-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Chicago Cubs A+
Injury Hip
Est. Return 3/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Ed Howard in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a $3.75 million contract with the Cubs in June of 2020.
Close to baseball activities
SSChicago Cubs  A+
November 7, 2022
Howard (hip) could be cleared to take part in light baseball activity in late November, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Howard underwent surgery to repair a left hip injury in May. A timeline for his return has yet to be established, but he availability for the start of spring training will likely be determined by how his body responds throughout the rehab process.
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
The best shortstop in last year's draft, Howard has a chance to develop above-average or better tools across the board. His bat speed ranked in the 98th percentile and his maximum exit velocity ranked in the 94th percentile in his class, according to Perfect Game. As he fills out his 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame, he should be a threat to hit 25-plus homers in the majors. He is not as fast as CJ Abrams or even Bobby Witt Jr., the top two shortstops in the 2019 draft, but as an above-average runner, Howard will still contribute some on the bases. Even without plus speed or elite range, his arm and glove make him a lock to stick at shortstop long term. As with all prep hitters, it's unclear exactly how much he will hit, but his bat speed and bat-to-ball skill suggest he will hold his own at the dish. The Cubs farm system will soon be among the best in the game, and Howard is one of the faces of the rebuild.
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Slated to undergo surgery
SSChicago Cubs  A+
May 19, 2022
Howard will undergo surgery to address his left hip injury, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Done for season
SSChicago Cubs  A+
May 18, 2022
Cubs minor-league director Jared Banner confirmed Tuesday that Howard will be out for the rest of the 2022 season after suffering a serious left hip injury in a May 10 game with High-A South Bend, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports. South Bend transferred Howard from its 7-day injured list to 60-day IL on Tuesday.
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Heading to injured list
SSChicago Cubs  A+
May 11, 2022
Howard will be placed on the 7-day minor-league injured list with a hip injury Wednesday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
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Pushed to High-A
SSChicago Cubs  A+
April 12, 2022
Howard has been assigned to High-A South Bend for his age-20 season.
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Agrees to deal
SSChicago Cubs  A+
June 21, 2020
Howard, the 16th overall pick in the 2020 first-year player draft, agreed to terms with the Cubs on Sunday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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