Minor Moves: Pirates Release Justin Howard

According to Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have released minor league first baseman Justin Howard. He has been with the organization since being drafted in the 24th round out of New Mexico back in 2010. He made it up to AA for two seasons and was assigned to Indianapolis at the beginning of this season, but never played a game. Howard hit .314/.405/.459 in 98 games for Altoona back in 2013, which was the high point of his career. Things didn’t look good for him at the end of last year though, when he finished the season down in Bradenton. There are now nine players still left in the system from the 2010 draft.