I always prefer young hitters to pitchers. So, I'd say Howard.
Pitchers are so volatile. They'll be going along and then suddenly they get injured, lose their stuff, can't throw strikes, etc.
Not that this doesn't happen with hitters, but I think in my experience, hitter performance is easier to predict.
I never smile if I can help it.... Showing one's teeth is a submission signal in primates. When someone smiles at me, all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life.