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Sam Howard makes debut with major league Rockies at Spring Training

Sam Howard pitched the 6th and 7th innings in shutout relief Monday for the Colorado Rockies major league team in their spring training 7-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In his two innings of work, Howard allowed no runs, only one hit, and struck out one. The Rockies were leading 7-1 when he entered the game.

Howard, who played for Cartersville High School and later for the Georgia Southern Eagles, is a fourth-year pro in the Rockies’ organization who was drafted in the 3rd round in 2014. The 23-year-old has worked his way up the minor league ladder from Rookie League to Class AA.

He has spent time with Rockies’ teams in Grand Junction, CO; Asheville, NC; Modesto, CA; and Hartford, CT.

He spent the last half of the 2016 season with the Class AA Hartford Yard Goats of the Eastern League.

Howard, who finished with strong performances last season for Hartford, was invited to major league spring training for the first time this year and is working out daily with the major league team in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Bartow Sports Zone’s Charles Wilson caught up with Sam Tuesday morning by phone prior to Howard’s arrival at the Rockies’ Spring Training complex in Scottsdale.

Click on the link below to listen to the interview:

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