New Arrival: Jack Howell, 1B/3B/LF, 1985-1999

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Jack Howell was signed as a amateur Free Agent in 1983 by the Angels.

He would hit the ground running, putting up a .505 OBP and 1.176 OPS over 76 at bats in 1983 with the low A Salem Angels.

After faltering a little in 1984 in A ball, Howell would make the major league roster in 1985.  But it would not be until 1987 that he would get in the neighborhood of 500 at-bats in the majors.  This was good for the AAA Edmonton team, who benifited from some excellent numbers from Howell in 1985 (1.079 OPS) and 1986 (1.054 OPS).

As a minor league slugger Howell almost never had a bad seaso, thoug it is ironic that his least impressive year was the one when he got the most at-bats.

Year Age Tm Lev Aff AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP OPS
1983 21 Salem A- CAL 76 3 12 2 1 17 11 .395 .505 1.176
1984 22 Redwood A CAL 451 5 64 12 4 44 95 .246 .313 .662
1985 23 Edmonton AAA CAL 284 13 48 3 2 52 57 .373 .470 1.079
1986 24 Edmonton AAA CAL 156 3 28 1 1 38 29 .359 .490 1.054
1990 28 Edmonton AAA CAL 75 2 15 3 0 7 13 .333 .386 .919
1996 34 Lake Elsinore A+ CAL 12 1 3 0 0 3 4 .167 .333 .833
1999 37 Jackson AA HOU 8 2 3 0 0 0 2 .375 .375 1.625
7 Seasons 1062 29 173 21 8 161 211 .314 .404 .898
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/28/2013.

As a Major Leaguer Howell was never an All-Star, but put up some reasonable numbers.  He was really only a full time player for three seasons (1987-1989).  During that he run he showed 20 HR power, but struck out way too much (averaging 52 walks and 124 K’s).  One of his major issues was that he could not hit lefties:  in his career he would only hit .180 off them, with a .250 OBP and .545 OPS.  By 1990 Howell was relegated to platooning.

Year Age Tm AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+
1985 23 CAL 137 5 18 16 33 .197 .279 .615 68
1986 24 CAL 151 4 21 19 28 .272 .349 .819 122
1987 25 CAL 449 23 64 57 118 .245 .331 .792 110
1988 26 CAL 500 16 63 46 130 .254 .323 .745 110
1989 27 CAL 474 20 52 52 125 .228 .308 .719 103
1990 28 CAL 316 8 33 46 61 .228 .326 .696 98
1991 29 TOT 241 8 23 29 44 .207 .293 .629 75
1991 29 CAL 81 2 7 11 11 .210 .304 .613 71
1991 29 SDP 160 6 16 18 33 .206 .287 .637 77
1996 34 CAL 126 8 21 10 30 .270 .324 .831 108
1997 35 ANA 174 14 34 13 36 .259 .305 .845 114
1998 36 HOU 38 1 7 4 12 .289 .357 .857 125
1999 37 HOU 33 1 1 8 9 .212 .366 .729 87
11 Yrs 2639 108 337 300 626 .239 .318 .742 103
162 Game Avg. 454 19 58 52 108 .239 .318 .742 103
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/28/2013.

While Howell might not have lit the major leagues on fire, he was the man in Japan.

In Japan he was a power hitter, showing great plate discipline and hitting for average.  His 1992 season was awesome, hitting 38 HR (league leader) with a .331 AVG (league leader) and 1.087 OPS.  Howell would win the Central League MVP award that season.

Year Age Tm Lg AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP OPS
1992 30 Yakult JPCL 387 38 87 41 86 .331 .402 1.087
1993 31 Yakult JPCL 396 28 88 86 83 .295 .420 .971
1994 32 Yakult JPCL 363 20 56 62 74 .251 .362 .816
1995 33 Yomiuri JPCL 219 14 41 37 66 .279 .388 .904
4 Seasons 1365 100 272 226 309 .291 .395 .952
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/28/2013.

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