A lesser known pitcher who was drafted in 2015, Humphreys opened a few eyes with increased velocity and a nice curve. He pitched well in Rookie Ball and should jump to full season this year and be starting going forward.
RHP Jordan Humphreys
R/R, 6/11/1996 (20), 6’2″ 225 LBs, Drafted 18th Round, 539th overall in 2015 out of Crystal River HS, Crystal River, FL
Unheralded out of the 18th round as a high schooler, there wasn’t much on Humphreys except for the fact that he was touching 91 and had a projectable frame. The good news is for the Mets? They love projectable pitchers. This is what made Robert Gsellman, a pitcher who was 88-92 with a plus curveball into the top pitcher he is today.
After signing for a unknown bonus, Humphries went directly to rookie league and pitched in relief for seven games while pitching 11.2 innings pitched. He struck out seven and let up 12 hits, but had a 1.54 ERA.
The next year he did excellently, beating up the Advanced Rookie Appalachian League. While his ERA wasn’t great, Humphreys struck out 76 in 69.1 innings pitched and allowed 65 hits in 69 innings. Humphreys showed impeccable control, walking nearly two per nine innings. Humphreys at the end of the season pitched in two games for Short-Season A Brooklyn and struck out nine in six innings, and walked one, while giving up seven hits. Humphreys showed that he could be something in A-ball in general.
Humphreys has a projectable frame, and they say he was throwing 91 with an average curve and a lagging changeup but above-average control. He has a pretty smooth delivery At this point, I’ve heard his fastball is anywhere from 90 to 94 and his curveball has evolved a bit, but still needs work. We’ll possibly hear more about his changeup moving forward and any improvements in mechanics. For now, keep Humphreys on your radar, and he will likely be a guy in the Columbia rotation. Unfortunately though, there will be a struggle…for our writers in making sure his name is”Humphreys”, not “Humphries”.
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