Yankees Bag Two Prospects For Womack
Howard batted .409 in the AFL
Howard batted .409 in the AFL

Posted Dec 8, 2005

In exchange for Tony Womack, the Cincinnati Reds shipped two promising young players to New York, Kevin Howard and Benjamin Himes. Considering Womack’s seemingly plummeting value, the Yankees netted two intriguing prospects.

In an example of a trade that truly assisted all parties involved, Tony Womack escaped from an environment that just never worked for him, the Reds got a versatile utility man, and the Yankees added some much needed depth to their farm system. And, considering the circumstances, the value the Yankees received in exchange for the beleaguered Womack would have to be considered quite the steal.

Possibly most prominent player the Yankees received in this deal was second baseman, Kevin Howard. The former Reds farmhand has built quite the resume in his minor league career, including a brilliant 2005 regular season and an even more impressive Arizona Fall League season. With AA Chattanooga, the former 5th round pick hit .296 with 12 home runs and 70 RBI.

Howard long has been touted as a potential big league player with a line drive stroke and good patience at the plate. And, after batting a league leading .409 in the Arizona Fall League, he was considered to be a big catch in the Rule V draft. However, the Yankees beat the rest of the league to the punch by acquiring him in this deal. He may never be able to grab a starting spot with the Yankees, but he has the look of a top flight, utility infielder.

Although he is not nearly the prospect that Howard is, Benjamin Himes is still a very solid pickup in this deal. A big, strong, lefty swinging outfielder, Himes still has some projectability despite his advanced age (24) without passing high-A ball. But, after batting .320 with 9 home runs and 53 RBI, Himes is still toolsy enough to be an interesting prospect.

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