Missouri baseball's Howard drafted by the Giants
COLUMBIA — A tough junior season for Missouri shortstop Ryan Howard ended on a high note today.
Howard was drafted in the fifth round by the San Francisco Giants with the 155th overall pick.
Howard is the highest-drafted Missouri position player since 2005.
The Giants also drafted Howard last year in the 31st round of the draft, but did not sign him.
A product of Francis Howell Central High School in St. Louis, Howard started every game for the Tigers at shortstop.
Despite a slow start to the season, Howard did well down the stretch.
He finished third on the team with a .295 batting average. He hit a team-best .381 with 13 runs and nine RBIs in the last 16 games of the season. He also had eight of his 19 multi-hit games in the same span.
Howard is still eligible to return for his senior year at Missouri.