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Christopher Howard is the brother of Philipp Howard. As a teenager, he was a head coach of a team in Germany's top league.
Christopher Howard made his debut in Germany's top league when he was only 15, hitting .200/.304/.250 for the Gauting Indians in 2004. He was 2 for 29 with 3 walks and 11 strikeouts in 2005 and had 7 passed balls in 11 games at catcher. In 2006, Howard joined his brother in jumping to the Regensburg Legionäre; Christopher was 3 for 12 with a walk. In '07, Howard returned to Gauting and emerged as a key performer, batting .333/.394/.567 and throwing out 36.1% of would-be basestealers (best in the southern Bundesliga-1). He was among the league leaders in homers (4, tied for 4th; tied with Simon Gühring for the most by a German native), doubles (9, tied for 4th) and slugging (11th). He represented Germany in the 2007 European Junior Championship, going 6 for 21 with a walk, 2 doubles, 4 runs and 3 RBI.
Howard hit .299/.415/.379 for the 2008 Indians despite being hampered by a knee injury during the early part of the campaign. His 23 RBI were 5th in the southern Bundesliga-1 but first by someone not on the Heidenheim Heideköpfe and third among native Germans behind Gühring and Robert Gruber. The 19-year-old was Gauting's manager for a spell, when their head coach left a short while into the season and until they found a replacement. He attended the MLB European Academy that year.
Howard rejoined his brother in 2009 when he signed with the Legionäre.