MOUNT PLEASANT - Former Central Michigan star and current Baltimore Orioles farmhand Trent Howard has been named the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award winner within the organization, the franchise announced last week.
Howard, the Orioles' seventh-round pick in 2011, displayed outstanding character both on and off the field. He was part of numerous appearances in the community, including baseball camps around Frederick and Washington, D.C., while also attending library reading events, charity walks and visits. The lefty was presented the award by Orioles Director of Baseball Administration, Trip Norton.
The second-year pro finished the season 6-10 overall on the mound with a 4.28 earned run average in 27 appearances with the Frederick Keys and the Delmarva Shorebirds. Howard also struck out 86 batters in 124 innings of work.