WEDNESDAY, JUNE 08, 2011
Jimmy Howick selected in second day of the 2011 MLB Draft
Junior shortstop Jimmy Howick was selected by the Houston Astros in the 21st round (640th overall pick) of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
Howick, who is the first Dolphin to be selected in 2011, follows in the footsteps of pitcher Matt Loosen (Chicago Cubs) and shortstop Jamaal Hawkins (Minnesota Twins), who were each selected in 2010.
“We are always proud to have players selected in the draft,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Jimmy has worked very hard to get where he is at and he obviously possesses the tools necessary to compete at the next level.”
Howick, who garnered all-conference accolades for the first time in 2011, flourished in his first full season at shortstop after starting 47 games at third base in 2010. He ended the year ranked fourth in batting average (.319), RBI (46), doubles (9) and slugging percentage (.440) despite missing the final five games of the season with a knee injury.
As a sophomore third baseman, he led the team with two triples and heated up in the final month of the year, batting .310 (18-58) with three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI. As a freshman, Howick started 16 games (14 at short) and missed the majority of the season with a shoulder injury.
Academically, he earned A-Sun Academic All-Conference honors and was named to the Dean’s List in all three seasons.
In JU program history, Howick becomes the 98th player to be drafted by the professional ranks, including 43rd player selected since Alexander took over the program in 1991. Of the 98 players drafted, eight have reached the majors while three are currently continuing their careers at the minor league level.