Does anybody know what happened to this guy?
Specifically, what happened to Philip Humber, the Mets 1st round draft pick, 3rd overall, in 2004.
The guy who was part of a package of highly-regarded prospects the Mets sent to the Twins for former Cy Young winner Johan Santana.
The guy who threw a perfect game against the Mariners, as I commemorated on one of my customs.
One would think that a former first-round draft pick who pitched a perfect game within the last year or two would at least have decent stats… but last year with the White Sox he was 5-5 with a 6.44 ERA and 1.539 WHIP.
This year with the Astros – where all they ask of a pitcher is that he have a pulse, keep the team within 5 runs and hey, 4 or 5 innings would be really nice – he has gone 0-8 with a 9.59 ERA and a 2.019 WHIP.
This weekend, Philip Humber was designated for assignment by the Astros after giving up 5 runs in 2/3 of an inning.
DFA’ed by the worst-in-the-Majors Houston Astros.
Just to add insult to injury to Mets fans (not to mention the Mets organization), he’s the second former top Mets prospect to get DFA’ed by the Astros this year…
Fernando Martinez, who was at or near the top of the Mets Top 10 several years running, was DFA’ed by the Astros last week.
Lastings Milledge was another “can’t miss” top prospect. Baseball America rated him the #9 prospect overall before the 2006 season.
After playing with the Mets, Nats, Bucs and Chisox (for two games), he’s now playing in Japan.
Yes, this is an exercise in wallowing in Mets fan self-pity while showing off some recent (and reasonably-priced) acquisitions. But you also have to ask “What the heck is going on here?”
I don’t have any answers, so I’m going to fall back on Standard Mets Fan Protocol 13A: Blame former GM Omar Minaya while hoping that the current front office has a clue.