Ed Howard Has Sights Set On Major Leagues

A top MLB draft prospect, the Chicago native Howard hopes to be an example.

Hit & Run with Matt Spiegel
March 30, 2020 - 11:39 am

(670 The Score) Ed Howard's name first arrived on the baseball scene in 2014 when he was a member of the Jackie Robinson West team that advanced to the Little League World Series championship game.   

That journey is one that Howard will always recall fondly and which helped set the foundation for his baseball future -- even after the team later had to vacate its national championship and wins for using ineligible players.

"Those memories will never go away," Howard said on Hit & Run with Matt Spiegel on Sunday morning. "I still remember that U.S. championship game like it was yesterday. No matter what they do about it, taking the title us of the history books, it's always going to be there for me and the whole team. We're always going to remember it."

Howard is now an 18-year-old standout shortstop prospect at Mt. Carmel High School who's preparing for the MLB amateur draft. He has committed to play baseball at Oklahoma but is projected as one of the top draft prospects in the country. He's ranked as the No. 12 prospect by MLB.com.

For Howard, the chance to chase the big leagues is something he has long envisioned.

"It was always my dream," Howard said. "Since I was like seven years old and started playing, I always said I wanted to grow up and play in the big leagues. I never had another dream job. It was always my goal to play baseball my whole life. That's still a goal."

Howard earned the nickname "Silk" from Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, a nod to his smooth play at the position. He has also struck up a relationship with White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, whom he spoke with on the phone just a few days ago.

Like Larkin and Anderson, Howard hopes to set an example for young black kids aspiring to make the majors.

"It's really not common for a lot of black kids to play baseball," Howard said. "I don't know, that's just how things are. But I think it's definitely changing. I know a lot of younger kids who are playing the game at a young level and really love it. They look up to guys like me, and I look up to guys like Tim Anderson. It's kind of like chain of people leading the way. 

"It's my duty to keep setting an example for kids younger than me, to keep playing this game."