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.
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.
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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.