Despite being taken 3rd overall by the New York Mets in the 2004 MLB Draft, Phil Humber was regarded as a slight overdraft. He was deemed to have mid-late 1st round stuff, but due to his polish and supposed proximity to the Bigs, labeled a “safe” pick. The Mets probably didn’t expect anything more than a #3, or at best, #2 starter in Humber, but did hope he would join the Major League rotation rather quickly. This, of course, didn’t happen. Packaged with Deolis Guerra, Carlos Gomez, and Kevin Mulvey, Humber was shipped off to Minnesota when the Mets acquired ace pitcher Johan Santana. The Twins showed little patience with Humber, giving him only 20.2 innings of Major League relief work before releasing him in 2009. He was later signed by Kansas City Royals, and after posting a 4.15 ERA over 21.2 innings of, again, mostly relief work, claimed off waivers by the Oakland A’s. He never pitched even a single inning in Oakland before being placed on waivers once more, this time to be picked up by the Chicago White Sox. Now, with 8 starts under his belt in 2011, Phil Humber has emerged as a suddenly useful fantasy asset in Chicago. So, has he arrived, or is his good start too good to be true?
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