Originally written on MetsMinor.net  |  Last updated 9/1/13
This week’s prospect time machine takes a look back at a pitcher who was once regarded as a highly touted prospect, and helped bring Johan Santana to Flushing before the 2008 season. A native of Texas, Philip Humber ended up attending Rice University for his collegiate years, and immediately found success. He was put into the starting rotation as a freshman, and put together an 11-1 record, 2.78 ERA, and 130 strikeouts in 110.2 innings pitched. That performance earned him the National Freshman Player of the Year award from Collegiate Baseball, as well as All-America honors from multiple outlets. He continued to be an important piece of the Owls’ starting rotation, helping them win their first national championship (in any sport). Humber pitched for three seasons with Rice, and in 354 innings pitched, he compiled a 35-8 record, 2.80 ERA, and 422 strikeouts. The New York Mets decided to select him with the third overall pick in the 2004 MLB draft, and he was considered the “safe” pick...
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