2021 French 2nd Division Champion and MVP Two-Way. Four Seasons of Overseas Experience. Available in 2022.
Name: Zeke Howie
DOB: May 19, 1996
Date Available: February 20, 2022
Positions: 1B, SP, RP, RF, LF
Positions (alt): Coach, Youth Coach, 3B, C, CF
College: Marian University
Zeke Howie is a durable pitcher from Indiana who is known for throwing complete games and rarely walking batters. In 129.1 innings of work in is last two years of college ball, Zeke only walked a total of 33 batters and threw 12, seven-inning complete games in his 19 starts. At Marian, there was not much in terms of pitching depth so Zeke was relied upon to go deep into the game whether it was his day to start or not and in 2017 he matched up with the opposing team’s #1 the majority of the time.
During his overseas career, Zeke has both pitched and hit well wherever he played. A career .393 batting average and 3.21 ERA highlight the ability to compete at a very high level on both the offensive and defensive sides of the game. Also, with the exception of his time in Australia, Zeke has been responsible for youth coaching multiple times per week.
He has not been on the radar gun since early 2016 but at the time Zeke says his fastball was 84-85 mph topping out at 87mph (see PG 2014 velo). His primary fastball is a sinking 2-seam and throws both a slider and a curveball but his slider is his K pitch. Zeke’s curveball is usually in the low 70’s with the slider sitting mid-to-high 70’s. He can also throw a changeup consistently.
As a hitter Zeke describes himself as rarely striking out, using all parts of the field and hitting for power, mostly line drives. He has been hitting the past few summers and in his junior year of college Zeke’s is said to have hit .396 with only K while hitting clean up. He always considered himself a better hitter than he is pitcher but as he threw harder he was pushed more and more towards pitching.
Zeke can play the corner infield, outfield and was a catcher in high school. He is open to all offers but would love a challenge in facing high level competition in 2022. Zeke is also open to a furthered coaching role in 2022.
Career Overseas Stats To Date:
- 259:104 Strikeout to walk
- 3.21 ERA in 269 innings, 17 complete games in 4 overseas seasons.
- .393 batting average with 90 RBIs, 3 home runs, 32 doubles, 4 triples
- 2021 French 2nd Division Champion with Beziers Pirates
- Awarded MVP of French 2nd Division 2021
Zeke was listed as our #11 two-way player on our 2019 list of top two-way players, as well as an honorable mention on both our top hitters and top pitchers list. He is hoping to contribute to his next club in a big way on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
|2018||Instructor||Metz Comets||Youth||Responsible for coaching 12u and 15u youth teams every Wednesday and Saturday morning throughout my stay. This was a great experience, and my first coaching experience. The 12u ended up winning the Championship of France for their age bracket. Also helped run animations for younger kids in the town and for schools in the area.|
|2019||Assistant Coach||Hard Bulls||U12, U14||3 x per week, often ran practices alone.|