the organization has apparently come to the conclusion that he's not SP material.
I looked at that.Tim Berry
is ranked #12 Top prospect and Eduardo Rodriguez
being the #4 top prospect by the organization. Since both are LHP and there isn't a team in the Carolina league that has 3 SP that are LHP, that left no room for Trent Howard in the rotation. I don't believe it had anything to do with Trent Howard not being SP material. The organization has given plenty of room for other pitchers to grow as a SP.
Looking at his career, he did well in Aberdeen, made the All star team, he did well in Delmarva as a starter with under a 2.00 ERA and was promoted mid season last year to Frederick. He didn't get a full season in Frederick to prove himself. I think part of it has to do with giving up 15 HR last year in Frederick. Harry Grove stadium has a park factor of 160. There are 256 minor league stadiums and only five stadiums have a higher park factor than 160. All five stadiums are in the rookie leagues. http://minorleaguecentral.com/parkfactors
. On the other hand, a younger guy like Parker Bridwell
gave up 15 HR in Delmarva and Perdue stadium has a park factor of 82. Parker's ERA is through the roof and is still a Starter. This makes me believe it was more about avoiding 3 Starting LHP in the rotation.
I think if he was given a full season as a starter this season, his numbers would be comparable to Eduardo Rodriguez.
Comparing Rodriguez and Howard this season...E-Rod has given up 54 hits to 256 batters faced (21.09%). Howard has given up 27 hits to 131 batters faced (20.61%). E-rod has allowed 2 HR (0.78%) Howard has allowed 1 (0.76%). E-Rod allowed 20 BB (7.81%), Howard allowed 10 BB (7.63%). Both have similar WHIP 1.17 vs 1.19. Howard allowed 28.2% of batters faced to reach base by HBP, BB, or hit. E-Rod has allowed 29.6% of batters faced to reach base by HBP, BB, or hit.
They are comparable across the board. The main difference is ERA. Statistically speaking, relievers have an ERA that is 10% better than starters. Starters in the Carolina league have an average ERA of 4.15 (using pitchers that have started 50% or more of their games). Relievers in the Carolina league have an average ERA of 3.75 (using pitchers that have started less than 50% of their games).
To refute your claim that he is a year older than the players in this league, that is incorrect. The average age of a pitcher in the Carolina league at the beginning of this season is 23.67. There have been 138 pitchers in the Carolina league this season at one point or another. The combined age of those pitchers is 3267.83. Which averages out to 23.67 which happens to be the exact age that Trent Howard is listed for at the beginning of this season. Here's my source http://minorleaguecentral.com/leaderboard?lid%5B%5D=122&y=2013&split=200&amod=%3C%3D&age=99&time=0&type=pitcher&table=0