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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Thu May 27, 2004 10:48 am

The amat. draft is coming up and the Mets have the third pick. According to ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/s ... id=1809882) this is the way they see the first five panning out:

1: Padres take Long Beach State sidearmer Jered (Brother of Jeff) Weaver.
2: Tigers take Old Dominion powerballer Justin Verlander.
3: Mets take Rice righthander Philip Humber.
4: Devil Rays take Georgia high school shortstop Chris Nelson.
5: Brewers take 6-foot-9 Rice righthander Jeff Niemann.

Does anyone have any first-hand knowledge of Humber? ESPN predicts him (on the same page) as a #3.

(although I do have to admit I'm pleased by the idea of a Humber-Huber battery)
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Postby Amazinz » Fri May 28, 2004 4:00 pm

I don't have any first-hand knowledge, wasn't even aware of him until you posted but here is a small scouting report I found:

Name: Phillip Humber
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 210
Bats/Throws: R / R
Date of Birth: 12/21/82
School: Rice

#8 college player according to Baseball America, #11 overall. #9 college player according to Baseball America. #7 propsect in the Cape Cod League and a 2nd-team preseason All-American according to BA. Doesn't have the size of Niemann or the stuff of Townsend, but Humber is probably the most polished of the 3 talented pitchers from Rice. He has been in the weekend rotation since his freshman year, and spins the best curveball of the 3. He works in the low-90s, and exhibits outstanding poise & maturity on the mound. Didn't have as good of a year last year as Niemann & Townsend, but he started the biggest game of the year against Stanford in the College World Series. He also has the most prototypical size of the 3 with an athletic 6'4" 210 pound frame. With a good spring Humber could easily vault into the top 5 for this June's draft, and if all goes well, we could see an unprecedented 3 players from the same school going within the top 10 picks.
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Postby Amazinz » Fri May 28, 2004 4:03 pm

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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Fri May 28, 2004 8:08 pm

Is it just me, or do you not like the make-up of this kid? Something about him - probably the way that he crumbled under pressure in a big game last year - makes me wary.

My 2 cents says I hope they draft someone else. Maybe that power-hitting first-basemen whose name escapes me.
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Postby DK » Fri May 28, 2004 11:06 pm

2003 Stats at Rice:

11-3, 3.30 ERA, 1.10 WHIP. 128 IP, 138 K. 12 HR, 39 BB, 7 WP, 1 BK. Was taken in the 29th Rd. By the NYY in 2001. Personally, I like Niemann better.

The 1B's name escapes me too.
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Postby Amazinz » Sun May 30, 2004 12:09 pm

Not sure if this means anything but if you go to the list at MLB.com they have placed the Padres logo next to Humber's name. Since they have first pick does that mean they have decided on who they want?

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/draftday/y2004/t ... e_H_3.html
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Postby DK » Sun May 30, 2004 1:47 pm

Amazinz wrote:Not sure if this means anything but if you go to the list at MLB.com they have placed the Padres logo next to Humber's name. Since they have first pick does that mean they have decided on who they want?

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/draftday/y2004/t ... e_H_3.html


Looks like it.

That means we either get Niemann or Weaver- I wouldn't have a problem with either.
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Mon Jun 07, 2004 1:50 pm

Well, we chose Humber. Weaver was still available, which surprises me. But I guess the Pads pick surprised everyone.
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Postby Amazinz » Mon Jun 07, 2004 2:23 pm

And we skipped over Niemann too. I guess the injury scared them off?
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Mon Jun 07, 2004 2:25 pm

I think that's probably good thinking. We've had so many good pitchers drafted but lost to injuries in the past decade. I'm fine with avoiding any sort of injury risk at all.
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