Pirates claim lefty reliever Howard from Rockies

Pirates claim lefty reliever Howard from Rockies

DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 12: Sam Howard #61 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the eighth inning against the St Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on September 12, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates claimed left-handed pitcher Sam Howard off waivers from the Rockies Wednesday.

Howard was considered one of the best pitching prospects in the Rockies' farm system a few years ago, ranking 12th overall in the Colorado system in 2017, according to MLB Pipeline. However, he struggled when he made the jump to Triple-A and was moved to the bullpen last season.

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