This is the type of news you never want to see. After beginning the 2022 season at High-A South Bend, Chicago Cubs No. 14 ranked prospect Ed Howard is reportedly done for the season after suffering a serious left hip injury.
This set back is quite the downer for Howard. After being selected with the No. 16 pick in the 2020 MLB Amateur Draft, Howard spent the 2021 season with Low-A Myrtle Beach. His offensive numbers weren't over the top, but his glove and steady improvement over the season earned him a promotion to High-A. However, his season has been cut short after just 23 games.
In 23 games, Howard slashed .244/.323/.317 with a lone home run and 11 RBI. However, over the course of his last 14 games, he was hitting .320 with an .832 OPS.
Fortunately for Howard, it appears the Cubs expect him to make a full recovery. However, for a 20-year-old who has been robbed of a lot of baseball thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, another lost season certainly hurts his near-term development. Last season, Howard played both shortstop and second base at Myrtle Beach. This season, Howard has exclusively played shortstop at High-A ball.