Color me shocked, Big Game Howie is showing out.
“Brian has been awesome,” Midland manager Scott Steinmann said. “He’s been a workhorse this first half. Making all his starts, he’s up there in the league in innings pitched. I know when he goes out there, he’s always going to give me a hard time giving up the ball. He’s a good competitor. Probably his special trait is his competitive nature.”
Howard’s performance on the mound is the reason why he was selected to the South Division All-Star Team when the Texas League All-Star Game takes place at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He will be joined by six other RockHounds in outfielders Luis Barrera, Dairon Blanco and Greg Deichmann, infielder Mikey White, closer Kyle Finnegan and catcher Collin Theroux.
“I’m excited. After going through the first half, it’s definitely something you work for, hoping to have a chance to be an all-star,” Howard said. “To be on that roster, it’s definitely a good feeling being able to represent the A’s and the RockHounds at the (Texas League) All-Star Game.
Johnny Rizer had a big hit off of a big name last night.
Johnny Rizer had one hit off Syndergaard, but boy, was it a big one. It came with the IronBirds down, 4-1, in the bottom of the fifth.
With Ringhofer on with his second hit, Rizer took Syndergaard deep for his first professional home run. “It was a heck of an experience, something I’ll always remember,” Rizer said. “It being off Noah Syndergaard, one of the best, you can’t ask for anything more. I wasn’t trying to do too, much, but I was sitting fastball after that 1-0 change-up and he threw it right there and I just put a pretty good swing on it and luckily it went over the fence. I knew it was gone off the bat, it felt amazing.”
The Frogs are targeting younger players these days.
“It means a lot because it’s right in my backyard,” he said of TCU. “Plus, I grew up watching them so I was just like ‘wow’”.
Winfield is not yet ranked by 247Sports or in the 247Sports composite. As a freshman, Winfield was named District 6-6A Co-Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a freshman after hauling in 27 catches for 376 yards and 3 touchdowns.
There will be a lot of competition for the 2020 star.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder earned his offer from the Frogs following an impressive camp performance at TCU last week. At the camp Jones ran a 4.47 and was dominant in 1-on-1’s against cornerback prospects at the camp.
Jones told HFB that the offer would put the Frogs in his top five list of schools; he wasn’t lying.
“They definitely move to my top five choices,” he told HFB. “It’s a great environment with great coaches and they send kids to the NFL.”