Ed Howard's Coach: 'Cubs Got An Absolute Winner'

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(670 The Score) Mount Carmel High School baseball coach Brian Hurry first saw Ed Howard play at age 11 and could see then that he had special talent.

On Wednesday evening, the Cubs selected the 18-year-old Howard with the No. 16 overall pick in the MLB amateur draft. A standout shortstop in Hurry' Mount Carmel program, Howard will now represent Chicago's North Side.

"The Cubs got an absolute winner in taking him," Hurry said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Friday.

Howard batted .421 (48-for-114) in 35 games during his junior season with Mount Carmel in 2019. He also earned the nickname "Silk" because of his smooth play in the infield.

Hurry's program has produced many college and major league players. Howard leaves Mount Carmel with only glowing reviews.

"All my players know when I talk to college coaches and pro scouts, I tell the truth," Hurry said. "The players earn what I say. The things that I was able to say about Ed -- hard working, humble, loves the game, all the things I was able to share with these guys -- was the truth. And he gave me a lot, a lot of good things to say, because I've known Ed for a long time. He made that process pretty easy."