Chicago Cubs: Ed Howard is starting in a good spot for himself

Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chicago Cubs have a lot of faith in Ed Howard. They drafted him with the 16th overall pick in last summer’s 2020 MLB Draft. He was the first shortstop taken in the draft. MLB has him as the Cubs’ fifth-best prospect and Baseball America has him as the fourth-best. None of that has any pro-baseball experience taken into consideration.

Regardless, there is no denying that he is a very good player. The Cubs are lucky to have this kid for the future. His MLB arrival is still a few years away as he is only 19 years old but that day surely will be exciting.

We get to watch Ed Howard play baseball in the Chicago Cubs organization this year.

We don’t know what is going to happen with Javier Baez but Howard could be the guy who takes the job at shortstop over the next few years. Baez’s departure may not line up with Howard’s arrival but it will be something for the organization to think about.

Howard is Chicago-born and raised. He went to Mount Carmel High school which is as local as a high school can get. He graduated from there in 2020. He also played in the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite youth baseball program so his ties to the city are clear.

You might remember Jackie Robinson West from the Little League World Series in 2014. Howard was one of that team’s best players. He earned the save in the game that earned them the US bracket victory. He has been a very good baseball player for a very long time and now he is going to try to make it to the Major Leagues.

His journey is finally about to begin in the Minor League. There was no MiLB season in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic so this is where it will all start for Howard. He is going to start the year with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans who are the A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

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This is the right spot for a player like Howard. He is so young and didn’t get to start his Minor League career after being drafted. He also didn’t play college so he will just be jumping into pro-ball. The Pelicans are going to enjoy having a player like this while they do because bigger and better things are in store for the young man. His season will begin today which is very exciting for fans. If you get the chance to check out Howard in the Minors, do it because he is going to be a special player for the Cubs one day.