Age (Majority 2021 season): 25Throws: RightHeight: 6’2; Weight: 223Acquired: Waiver claim – San Francisco – 2020 Rule 5 eligible: On 40-man roster – 3 options remaining Background & Info – […]
Age (Majority 2021 season): 25
Height: 6’2; Weight: 223
Acquired: Waiver claim – San Francisco – 2020
Rule 5 eligible: On 40-man roster – 3 options remaining
Background & Info – 2020 status: Drafted in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Draft from Crystal River HS, FL by the New York Mets. The right-hander was dealt to the San Francisco Giants in 2020 in return for outfielder Billy Hamilton. He was claimed in November off waivers by Cleveland. The Florida native debuted with the Gulf Coast Mets and was later promoted to High-A Port St. Lucie. Humpherys suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John Surgery and a second minor procedure requiring ulnar nerve transposition. The injury cost the young arm all of 2018 and most of 2019, returning at the end of the season. In 2019, he made 4 appearances from the bullpen, logging 11.2 innings surrendering eight hits and one earned run, with four walks, while striking out eight batters for the AZFL Scottsdale Scorpions. Humphreys has a big, physical build, especially in his upper half. Strong chest and has some longer limbs.
Delivery: Standing mid-bump, Humphreys uses a three-quarters delivery with a mid-torso knee lift with his lead leg. He enters his load and delivers the pitch with minimal effort delivery. The right-hander has a simple straightforward delivery that is repeatable all traits characteristic for future success.
Fastball: The right-hander throws low-90’s touching 94 mph with reports of an occasional 95. Humphreys elevates his fastball up in the zone and then changes eye level by dropping his slurvy looking curveball that drops. Humphreys has above-average control and can place his fastball in good locations. His heater doesn’t have much in the way of horizontal movement but it does show that late, vertical ‘rise’. Those traits are still missing post-TJ however. Potentially above average pitch if he re-gains pre-TJ characteristics and command.
Slider: This is a relatively new pitch for the righty, and there’s very little video of it. Obviously, it is a work in progress, but he’s in a good organization for pitching development. Since all video is old at this point, it is hard to gauge the level of progress he’s made with it. He added the slider to his pitch-mix after experiencing some elbow discomfort post-surgery with his changeup.
Curve: His slurvish looking curve lacks a typical curve hump, but drops off the table when approaching the plate. He pitches with it to the bottom of the zone, landing the pitch out of reach of most hitters.
Changeup: In my views (video is old and limited) of Humphreys his changeup was the least of his three pitch-mix (he’s since added the slider). That said, he used the pitch to both handed batters, showing his belief in the pitch. If he is able to grow comfortable throwing it again it could develop into a solid average option.
Command+Control: The right-hander displays the ability to mix his pitches working off of his fastball/curve combo paired with above-average control. As noted above, he’s added the slider to his pitch mix and hasn’t quite displayed a feel for the pitch. He’s more control over command, as evidence by a career 1.6 BB/9 across roughly 170 innings of work along with a WHIP just over one.
Grade: Control: 55 – Command: 50
Armed with an advanced ability to locate his pitches, Humphreys can pound the strike zone giving him the ability to compete. The Florida prep product has been working on adding a slider, something Cleveland’s pitching development team should be able to help him maximize giving him another option on the mound.
Humphreys is a relative unknown after not pitching in 2018, minimally in 2019, and limited innings in 2020. Reportedly pitching in the Mets and Giants alternate sites, but no information is readily available to the general public. That Cleveland was willing to claim and carry Humphreys on their 40-man roster indicates their belief in his talents. Humphreys has back of the rotation potential (4-5 starter) if he can stay on the mound. With the minimal innings he’s pitched since 2018 there’s a reasonable possibility he ends up working from the bullpen. It would be no surprise to see the young righty find success and develop into a middle/long relief option and provide more value.
Future/Roles: Developed as a starter throughout the majority of his minor league career, the right-hander could carve out a role as a middle/long reliever if he can stay healthy. He has options and could head to Akron to rebuild his innings if the organization wants to keep him as a starter.
2021 Status: Double-A Akron