DENVER – When left-handed pitcher Sam Howard was first drafted, by the Chicago Cubs, he was more than a bit surprised and a little unprepared.

“I wasn’t even expected to be drafted out of high school,” he told BSN Denver. “I didn’t have an agent or anything. I didn’t know much about it. My dad made the call for me. He talked to a few scouts before the draft. They said I need to go college. Get bigger, get stronger because I was real, real skinny coming out of high school. So really, it was my dad’s call and that’s what he thought was best for me and it worked out.”

He opted to attend Southern Georgia University to help hone his craft. “I had some offers from other places,” he recalls. “But when I went to Georgia Southern, with coach BJ Green, the pitching coach, it just felt like home. I just fit in there. I didn’t hesitate and picked to go there.”

Three years after his initial draft experience, Howard was ready for the call this time. That call came in the third round of the 2014 draft and it came from the Colorado Rockies.

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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of BSN Rockies and a member of the Baseball Writer's Association of America. Follow Drew on Twitter - @DrewCreasman