CHICAGO (CBS) — Baseball’s amateur draft is coming up on Wednesday, and it’s going to be a big day for Mount Carmel star Ed Howard.

He’s a likely first-round pick.

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Baseball America ranks him as the best high school shortstop in the draft.

Howard has been part of the White Sox ACE Program, or Amateur City Elite, which helps Chicago-area kids stay away from inner city dangers.

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“I’ve been here since I was 12 years old. They just help me on the field and off the field. They help me mature as a player, mentally and physically,” Howard said. “They give us facilities that I can get in every day. And luckily I live so close that I can get up here all the time.”

He credits the coaches for his development.

“I just matured a lot over the years,” Howard added.

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Howard will hopefully be the 25th player of the Sox ACE Program to be get selected in the MLB Draft since 2007.