Monday September 2, 2019 10:34 PM The 23-year-old right-hander once was a college walk-on Written by Mike Drago There’s a competitive fire raging inside Spencer Howard, effectively masked by his laid-back Southern California calm.He’s a delicious dichotomy, a guy who was invisible to scouts just a few years ago, who had to walk onto his college team and now finds himself the hottest prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.Just a few weeks ago, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler admitted he was dreaming of the day in the not-so-distant future that the 23-year-old right-hander takes the mound in Philadelphia.”I think everyone is kind of dreaming of what he can be,” Kapler said as Howard continued to dominate Eastern League hitters after arriving in Reading in late July.Those comments led to immediate speculation that Howard would be called up to Philadelphia when rosters expanded Sunday, to help put the Phillies over the top in their playoff chase.For now he remains with the Fightin Phils, poised to open their Eastern Division playoff series Wednesday in Reading against Trenton.It was almost a year ago that he made his first postseason appearance as a pro. It was a memorable one as he threw a no-hitter for… Read full this story
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