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Jun 01, 2011 - Jun 03, 2011   
  

TBD - TBA, GA
Dillon Howard
RHP 6-2 200   R/R

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SCOUTING PROFILE: Arkansas is hardly a hotbed of high-school baseball talent, and Howard has a realistic chance to become the highest draft from the state since Arkansas High (Texarkana) righthanders Dustin Moseley in 2000 (34th overall/Reds) and Tony McKnight in 1995 (22nd overall/Astros), and possibly even since Pine Bluff High outfielder Torii Hunter in 1993 (20th overall/Twins). Bryant High lefthander Travis Wood (60th overall/Reds, 2005) is the only Arkansas prep product to be picked in the top 60 since Moseley. Notably, all three pitchers became big leaguers. Howard has been considered a near first-round lock since he was clocked at 92 mph in his first high-school appearance as a freshman, and homered in his first at-bat. He touched 95 mph frequently at the 2008 World Wood Bat Association Underclass World Championship early in his sophomore year at Searcy High, but it was obvious then that he was probably close to reaching the top of his physical capability as he was a strong, physical athlete even at that age. In fact, any draft forecaster or scout who refers to Howard today as a “projectable” young pitcher is woefully naïve, as Howard throws no harder now than he did three years ago. What Howard has done over that period is an outstanding job of developing himself mechanically, and becoming a “pitcher” instead of a “thrower”. He still has a very fast arm and the ball comes out of his hand very easily with little effort. His steady 91-95 mph fastball gets very nice running action at times, and he’s increasingly able to spot the pitch to different parts of the strike zone. Howard throws two types of breaking balls, a 78-mph true curveball with tight spin and a deep, 11-to-5 shape, and an 82-mph slider that is more of a flatter, slurvy version of his curve, though has good depth. His slider will likely take on a different identity at the professional level as minor-league pitching instructors are likely to turn it into a tighter, mid-80s power pitch. Howard has always thrown a changeup in the low-80s, but understandably hasn’t focused much on developing that pitch yet, although his delivery and ability to put movement on his fastball are signs that he should be able to master it with repetitions. Though Howard has dominated his competition in Arkansas since his freshman year, and often has caught and played every infield position when not pitching, his Searcy High team lost in the 6-A state final in each of the last three years. This year’s setback was the most gut-wrenching for Howard. He was cruising along with a tidy one-hitter through six innings, and took a seemingly insurmountable 5-1 lead into the final inning. But Jacksonville High scored four runs in the seventh to tie the game 5-5, the final three coming on a two-out, two-strike, bases-loaded double. With Howard moving to shortstop in the eighth inning, Jacksonville quickly pushed across the winning run for an unlikely 6-5 victory. To add insult to injury, Howard went 0-for-4 in the cleanup spot. A year earlier, Howard was unable to take the mound in the state final because of a minor shoulder injury. While Howard’s otherwise distinguished prep career ended on a sour note, he has the draft squarely in his sights. His signability could be an interesting puzzle for scouts to figure out, though, as he is being advised by the Boras Corporation, which has a documented history of steering high-school clients to college before entering professional baseball. In addition, Howard would be eligible to re-enter the draft as a college sophomore, due to his age, if he chooses to honor his scholarship to Arkansas. If those factors aren’t enough for Howard to ponder, his stature as one of the top high-school prospects ever raised and developed in Arkansas may put added pressure on him to play for the extremely-popular state school, and potentially even lead that program to its first-ever College World Series title. Projected Draft Position: Late First Round/Sandwich Round




Oct 21, 2010 - Oct 25, 2010   Midland Redskins/Royals Scout Team
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Roger Dean Complex - Jupiter, FL
Dillon Howard
RHP 6-3 200   R/R

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94
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90-94
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78
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Aug 15, 2010 - Aug 15, 2010   
  

PETCO Park - San Diego, CA
Dillon Howard
RHP 6-2 200   R/R

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Oct 22, 2009 - Oct 26, 2009   Midland Redskins/Kansas City Royals Scout Team
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Roger Dean Complex - Jupiter, FL
Dillon Howard
RHP 6-2 200   R/R

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93
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89-93
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82
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Oct 09, 2009 - Oct 12, 2009   Midland Braves/Kansas City Royals Scout Team
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Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Dillon Howard
RHP 6-2 200   R/R

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94
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90-94
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84
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80
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Jun 12, 2009 - Jun 15, 2009   Navy
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Metrodome - Minneapolis, MN
Dillon Howard
RHP 6-2 200   R/R

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92
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89-92
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79
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Dillon Howard is a 2011 RHP with a 6'2'', 200 lb. frame from Searcy, AR who attends Searcy HS. Strong well proportioned build, has matured well physically in last year. Easy delivery, arm works smoothly. FB touched 92 mph, pitched the night before so much more velo in there, we've seen 95 last year. SL was tight and sharp at times, potential plus MLB pitch, flashed change up. Top 2011 talent who could become early draft pick in 2011.
PG Grade 10.0




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Oct 23, 2008 - Oct 27, 2008   Royals Baseball Club
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Roger Dean Complex - Jupiter, FL
Dillon Howard
RHP 6-2 200   R/R

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92
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89-91
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75
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80
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Oct 10, 2008 - Oct 13, 2008   KC Royals Scout Team/Midland Braves
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Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Dillon Howard
RHP 6-2 200   R/R

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IF
1B
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FB
95
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90-95
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69
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80
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Jul 08, 2008 - Jul 14, 2008   Arkansas Lasers
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Dillon Howard
RHP 6-2 200   R/R

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93
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88-93
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74
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