The only things hampering Howard have been swings and misses at pitches outside the strike zone.
"I liked the aggressiveness in his swings," Sandberg said. "I think there is more bat speed. That's come a long way since the middle part of Spring Training. With that being said, when he gets a pitch in the zone with that swing, he can do some damage for us. He just needs to concentrate on making them come to him. There are some bats behind him. Take some walks if they give them. Ball in the zone, he can make something happen."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.