3 Chicago Cubs prospects who have been on fire lately
By Logan Whaley
Chicago Cubs: The kid from Mount Carmel is showcasing his first-round talent
As it has been touched on before, Ed Howard’s near carbon-copy major league comparison is Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. The difference, at least in terms of size, is an inch of height. They were also selected one slot apart as Howard was the 16th overall pick in the first round in 2020 while the White Sox picked Anderson 17th overall in 2013.
Howard has struggled in his first year in professional baseball, hitting just .217/.273/.307 through 70 games at Myrtle Beach. The 19-year-old has, however, been on a tear over the past couple of weeks, and it should not go unnoticed that he has stepped up his game.
Over his past ten games, Howard is slashing a monstrous .342/.419/.500 with a .919 OPS and a 152 wRC+. The strikeouts have also decreased as he’s striking out at a 20.9 percent clip which is a near ten percent drop from where he is currently at 30 percent.
Getting the swings and misses under control will be the biggest hurdle for Howard, but that is to be expected since it is his first professional season, and he hasn’t faced college-level pitching. Nevertheless, Howard is the guy in the future who will man the void left by Javier Báez, and Cubs fans can get excited for what that future holds.