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David Howell helped carry college team's offense; Saw five pro seasons, made AA

The Miami News previewed the 1988 baseball season for Miami-Dade South and among the players they noted was sophomore David Howell.

Howell, The News wrote, hit .374, with 34 RBI his freshman year and was among the players expected to carry the team's offense that year.

Howell went on from Dade-South that year to turn pro. His pro career lasted five seasons. He topped out at AA.

Howell's career began that year as he signed with the Yankees after they took him in the 26th round of the previous year's draft.

At Dade, Howell hit two home runs in a January 1988 game, then picked up a win on the mound, giving up five hits in a March 1988 contest. 

He then started with the Yankees in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .250 over 59 games. 

Howell played 1989 at short-season Oneonta. He went 3 for 4 in a July game, knocking in four, then had a tie-breaking triple in an August contest and an inside-the-park home run in another.

He made high-A Prince William for 1990 and high-A Fort Lauderdale for 1991. He hit .220 and .276.

For 1992, Howell moved to the Cardinals, He saw 31 games at high-A St. Petersburg and 28 at AA Arkansas. He hit .243 overall to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,086
Made the Majors:1,354-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,732-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:551
10+ Seasons in the Minors:334

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