Brandon Howlett   Third Base/Outfield

       
 
Born: September 12, 1999
Birthplace: Jenkins, FL
Height: 6-1
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 21st round, 2018 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Florida State commit)
High School: Jenkins (FL)

Photo © Kelly O'Connor
Brandon Howlett photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: HOW-lit
First Pro Contract: June 21, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Stephen Hargett
Signing Bonus: $185,000
   
Pro Debut: June 23, 2018 (GCL)
MLB Debut: -
   
Twitter: @brandonh_2424
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Released (August 2022)
 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Strong, sturdy frame. Has some projection remaining in his upper body. Looks the part.

Hit: Starts vertical and open with a narrow base. Utilizes a high leg kick. Fringe-average bat speed. Brings hands up and down during his load, which can cause his swing to get out of sync. Will take a walk, but has a lot of swing-and-miss in his game and has posted strikeout rates over 30 percent. Will expand the zone against breaking balls and struggles with velocity up in the zone due to the length in his swing. Potential well below-average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. Potential average power in-game. Strong, has the ability to drive the ball, especially to the pull side. Ability to tap into power will be tested by inconsistent hit tool and makes it unlikely his power will actualize in-game.

Run: Well below-average speed. Not a part of his game.

Field: Soft hands, below-average range at third base. Fundamentally sound, professional defender and will make the plays on balls at him, but struggles when he has to move. Began to see some time in the outfield in 2022 and really struggled. Potential fringe-average defender.
  Arm: Average arm strength. Not a stand-out arm, but strong and accurate enough for third base.

Career Notes:
Was committed to Florida State before signing. Was fitted for proper contact lenses after signing and saw immediate gains in pitch recognition, leading to something of a breakout debut in rookie ball. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018 and 2020. After significant offensive struggles to begin the 2022 season in Double-A, was sent back down to High-A in early June.

Summation:
Potential bat-first minor league depth player. Ceiling of an organizational player if he can make substantial improvements with his hit tool. Could be a candidate for a change of scenery where he undergoes a swing change. Needs to cut down significantly on strikeouts in order to tap into his power more effectively.

Links
Spring Training Video of Brandon Howlett (3.21.2019)
Spring Training Video of Brandon Howlett (3.23.2019)

State of the System: Corner Infielders (4.22.2020)
Scouting Report Update (3.13.2022)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2018 Jenkins --- HS --- 18 28 58 36 20 8 0 4 17 40 41 22 10   0.345 0.619 0689 1.308
  2018 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 39 137 24 42 15 0 5 25 72 22 38 0 1 0.307 0.405 0.526 0.930
  2018 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 18 5 15 5 2 1 0 1 2 6 6 3 2 0 0.133 0.381 0.400 0.781
  2019 Greenville Drive SAL A Bos 19 113 390 48 90 23 1 8 35 139 56 144 1 5 0.231 0.341 0.356 0.698
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 20 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Greenville Drive HAE A+ Bos 21 96 360 62 91 19 4 17 57 169 44 136 2 0 0.253 0.345 0.469 0.815
  2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 22 34 103 16 20 10 0 3 12 39 26 47 0 0 0.194 0.378 0.379 0.757
  2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 22 27 78 5 13 1 1 0 4 16 11 42 0 0 0.167 0.278 0.205 0.483
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  High-A East Player of the Week (June 7-13, 2021)   SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 29 - May 5, 2019)  
   

   
     
     
     
 
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