Missouri baseball's Howard drafted by the Giants

3 years 1 week 1 day ago Friday, June 10 2016 Jun 10, 2016 Friday, June 10, 2016 8:42:28 PM CDT June 10, 2016 in Baseball
By: Matt Vereen, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer

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.



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