Howard Named SAL Pitcher of the Week

BlueClaws starting pitcher Spencer Howard was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 28th.

Howard, the Phillies second round pick last year from Cal-Poly, threw six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a win over Hagerstown on Thursday night at Municipal Stadium. So far this year, Howard is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA over four starts. He has struck out 29 hitters and walked two over 29 innings. He has stuck out at least six hitters in all four starts and allowed no more than one earned run in three of his four starts.

He is the first BlueClaw to win SAL Pitcher of the Week this year. Nick Fanti, Ranger Suarez, Sixto Sanchez, and JoJo Romero all won SAL Pitcher of the Week awards last year.

Howard is next scheduled to start on Thursday morning (10:30 am) for the BlueClaws in the final game of their series at Rome.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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