Acquired from the Reds in the Tony Womack deal, Kevin Howard has quickly evolved into becoming a…
Yankees Bag Two Prospects For Womack
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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