Lincoln - The Nebraska baseball team announced on Thursday that Colton Howell has signed a National Letter of Intent to start playing baseball for the Huskers in 2013 season. A product of Fort Zumwalt West High School in O'Fallon, Mo., Howell is a pitching prospect and can also play the infield. He played at the same high school as former Husker and 2011 fourth-round MLB Draft pick Cody Asche.
This past season at Fort Zumwalt West, Howell earned multiple honors, as he was a first-team Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 4 selection, was named the Gateway South Conference Player of the Year and was a first-team St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro pick.
In 2012, Howell hit .483 with nine doubles, one triple, one home run and a slugging percentage of .640. The 6-2 right hander also worked 13 innings on the mound with 21 strikeouts and five saves. He works a fastball that touches the low 90's, as well as a cut fastball and a change-up.
On Monday, June 18, 2012, Howell played in the third-annual PNC Bank High School Baseball Showcase at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Howell was selected to Missouri's team as a pitcher to play against the top talent from Illinois. Howell threw one inning of scoreless relief in the game, as Missouri won the game, 14-1.