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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Top prospect starts recovery from Thommy John

2004 first round draft pick, Phillip Humber, made his first start in nearly a year Friday night. The number three overall pick pitched for the GCL Mets, and despite getting roughed up the biggers news is that the 23 year old is pitching again. In his four innings of work Humber allowed three runs on seven hits, although he did strike out seven batters which is impressive considering Humber only got twelve outs. Humber needed 67 pitches to get through the four innings of work.

Humber has not been succesful consistently during his short career pitching to a 4.99 era in St. Lucie last season, and a 6.75 era in Binghamton. Humber's career era is above five but it is debatable whether or not Humber was hurt all of last year, meaning he has yet to pitch at 100%. Thommy John surgery has resulted in higher velocity and an overall better arm more than once, so hopefully Humber's case is no different and Humber's prospective status is regained. When drafted Humber was considered to be a future number two or number three starter and this road to recovery certain adds some much needed life to a depeleted Mets farm system.

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