March 9, 2009 - Frontier League (FL) - Evansville Otters
The Evansville Otters have signed former San Diego Padres lefty outfielder prospect Josh Howard.
Howard, 25, resides in Jacksonville Florida and played collegiate baseball for the University of North Florida before spending three years in the Padres minor league system.
In 2005 Howard joined the Padres organization and spent three years in their minor league system. He split the 2005 season with the Rookie level team in Arizona and averaged .354 with an on-base percent of .413. He had 96 plate appearances in 23 games while playing for the Peoria Padres. Howard was moved up to the high single-A Lake Elsinore Storm where he averaged .263 in 19 at-bats.
Howard started off the 2006 season with the Storm playing in 66 games with 228 at-bats. He averaged .294, with an on-base percentage of .412. He was moved up to Double-A Mobile Bay Bears for only 4 games and 7 plate appearances.
In 2007 Howard spent time with three different teams starting off with the Storm playing 20 games. He was then moved up to the San Antonio Missions Double-A team for 22 games where his batting average was .247 in 81 at-bats. The Padre\'s continued to shift him around up to the Portland Beavers, triple-A, team where he played in 58 games for the Beavers. In his 124 at-bats he averaged .194 and had an on-base percentage of .301.
The Evansville Otters are members of the Frontier League 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 17th season this summer. The Otters will begin their fifteenth season at 7:05 p.m. May 22 vs. Southern Illinois. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (812) 435-8686. Fans can also visit the Otters website by visiting www.evansvilleotters.com.