WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011
Howick and Tomshaw sign major-league contracts
Jimmy Howick (left) is currently in Kissimmee, Fla. and Matthew Tomshaw (right) is in Fort Myers, Fla. after each signed Major League contracts.
Jimmy Howick (left) is currently in Kissimmee, Fla. and Matthew Tomshaw (right) is in Fort Myers, Fla. after each signed Major League contracts.
Two JU baseball players will look to continue their careers at the next level as junior shortstop Jimmy Howick and senior pitcher Matthew Tomshaw each signed Major League contracts.

“I’m happy these guys are getting the opportunity to continue their careers,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Matthew deserves an opportunity to play at the next level after the last two years that he produced for us. Jimmy is a guy we wish we could get back for another season but I know that he possesses the skills to play at the next level. I wish all of them the best as they enter the next chapter of their careers.”

Howick, a 21st round selection by the Houston Astros, is currently rehabbing a knee injury with the team’s physicians in Kissimmee, Fla. Based on his progress of recovery, he will either stay in Kissimmee with the Gulf Coast League Astros (Rookie) or get reassigned to the Greeneville Astros (Rookie) of the Appalachian League in Greeneville, Tenn.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue my baseball career with the Houston Astros,” said Howick. “I sincerely want to thank Coach Alexander and his staff for giving me the opportunity to play in a highly respected Division I program. I had great teammates and I enjoyed my time here at JU. Now I look forward to representing the program in a positive way.”

Tomshaw, who was selected in the 42nd round by the Minnesota Twins, is participating in a two week mini-camp in Fort Myers, Fla. before being reassigned for the summer. He will either end the year with the Elizabethton Twins (Rookie) of the Appalachian League in Elizabethton, Tenn. or the Fort Myers Miracle (High A).

“I would like to thank Coach Alexander, Tim Montez and Tommy Murphy for everything they have done for me while I was at JU,” Tomshaw said. “I’ve learned a lot during my time in the program and those lessons will help me be successful, not only in baseball, but in all facets of life.”