JONESBORO, Ark. (8/29/17) – Arkansas State senior Alex Howard was named a Rawlings Honorable Mention Summer Collegiate All-American by Perfect Game in an announcement recently by the organization.
A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Howard excelled in the Northwoods League for the Battle Creek Bombers as he hit .333 with a .396 on-base percentage and .558 slugging percentage. Additionally, he swatted league-high 27 doubles in the regular season, which was six more than the next closest player, and the 27 two baggers were the most of any player named to the Summer Collegiate All-American Teams.
Howard, who played third base last season for the Red Wolves, played shortstop for the Bombers and helped Battle Creek advance to the Northwoods League World Series. In addition to the 27 doubles, he smashed nine home runs, drove in 43 runs, and stole nine bases. He was named to the Northwoods League Midseason and Postseason All-Star Teams.
Other A-State players to earn accolades during summer ball included Chase Nix and Blake Wynn. A native of Benton, Ark., Nix tossed 33 innings for the Danville Dans of the Prospect League and led the team with a 2.72 ERA. The left-handed pitcher had 47 strikeouts and one save and earned a spot in the league’s Midseason All-Star Showcase.
A native of Star City, Ark., Wynn earned a spot on the MINK League South All-Star team. An infielder by trade, Wynn played outfield for the Joplin Outlaws and finished the season with a .280 batting average, 23 runs scored, seven doubles, two triples, two home runs, 16 RBI, and five steals.
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