He was the top ss in the draft but why did he fall to #16?
Regular Show wrote:https://mobile.twitter.com/Cubs/status/1270903593307181066
WTH? We took Ed Howard because he's a very talented SS; not because he's Black lol.
Theo is very smart and dedicated to social justice movements and on the right side on these issues... I just think people are giving him way too much credit for this draft pick and reading too much into it.
Well, a few factors are probably involved... Maybe bonus demands and wanting full slot, no spring ball or recent looks from scouts, good tools but not elite, Keith Law mentioned something about a shoulder injury or some scouts being concerned about his throwing shoulder (I think he's completely healthy now).
“Howard is sliding a bit, as clubs are worried about a shoulder issue and how it may affect his throwing and thus his ultimate position.”
Again, I think he's completely healthy now.
Howard is a very good SS prospect, but he's not in the same company as Bobby Witt Jr and CJ Abrams -- the top two SS prospects from last year's draft.
Also, it's a very talented draft class so he probably goes higher in another year.
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