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Howarth Offered Free Agent Contract

June 7, 2002 · MT Media Relations
Senior shortstop Jason Howarth received a nice post-draft surprise on Wednesday as he was offered a free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins.

Howarth will report to extended spring training on Saturday and is expected to be assigned to the Twins' rookie league team in Elizabethton, Tenn.

Howarth concluded his Blue Raider career this season after spending four years in Murfreesboro. He became the team's starting shortstop as a junior and continued his tenure this year. Howarth ended his senior campaign with a .304 batting average, the highest of his career. He also put together a career mark with 59 hits on the season.

During his two years as the team's starting shortstop, Howarth batted .283.

Howarth becomes the third Blue Raider to receive professional consideration this year. Pitcher Adam Larson was drafted in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox and outfielder Justin Sims was selected in the 22nd round, also by the Twins.

Howarth is the third player in two years to be selected by the Minnesota Organization. Last year's Sun Belt Player of the Year, Josh Renick, was taken in the 11th round by the Twins and is currently playing in Class A in Ft. Myers, Fla.

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