Philip Gregory Humber was originally signed by Mets scout Dave Lottsfeldt…was the Mets' first round pick and the third overall selection in the 2004 draft … was signed to a Major League contract Jan. 13, 2005 … graduated from Carthage High School (TX) in 2001, where he was named the Class 4A Player of the Year as a senior and led his team to the 4A State Championship … starred at Rice University from 2002-2004…had a complete game, five-hit performance in Rice's 14-2 win over Stanford in the 2003 College World Series championship game … received National Freshman Player of the Year honors from Collegiate Baseball in 2002 and was named a First Team All-American by four different media outlets in 2004…struck out a school-record 17 batters March 17, 2004 vs. Hawaii.
Split his season between Houston and Triple-A Oklahoma City…was on the Astros' Opening Day roster and went 0-8 with a 7.90 ERA in 17 games, including seven starts, over two stints…the ERA was the highest mark in the majors in 2013 and the highest in Houston history among pitchers with 50 or more innings pitched … using the same minimum, he had the second highest opponents slugging percentage in the majors (.575), fourth highest opponents batting average (.322) and seventh highest opponents on-base percentage (.375)…the slugging percentage was a career-high…his opponents batting average included a mark of .189 (20-for-106) against right-handed hitters compared to .433 (55-for-127) against left-handers…his career splits are .229 (146-for-637) against righties compared to .303 (252-for-833) against lefties…allowed a .375 average with runners in scoring position … opponents hit .361 against him over his first 45 pitches in a game, .244 after that…was 0-7 with an 8.82 ERA and .349 opponents batting average in his seven starts compared to 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA and .274 opponents average in 10 relief appearances…received just three runs of support in his seven starting assignments (0.80 RSA), including five starts with no run support … allowed 4-of-14 (28.6%) inherited runners to score…first batters faced were 3-for-9 (.333) with a sacrifice hit…has a .390 (16-for-41) opponents batting average against first batters faced in his career … was 0-4 with an 11.17 ERA in eight games at Minute Maid Park, 0-4 with a 6.11 ERA in nine games on the road…the Astros were 0-7 in his starting assignments … tossed six or more innings three times, allowed two runs or fewer twice and walked two batters or fewer five times.
HOUSTON: Began the season as the Astros number three starter and compiled a 2.89 ERA over his first three starts, all losses … Houston was shutout in two of those three starts…tossed a season-high 7.0 innings April 14 at Los Angeles (AL) and allowed just two runs in a 4-1 loss…then logged a 16.20 ERA and .443 opponents batting average over his final four starts…allowed a season-high eight runs on eight hits and retired just one batter in a 19-6 loss to Cleveland April 20…then had season-highs in hits (10), walks (3) and strikeouts (5) April 25 at Boston … finished April with an 0-6 record and a 7.58 ERA in six starts … became just the second major leaguer since at least 1916 to lose six games in the month of April (Dave Stewart, 1984 with Texas) … made his seventh and final start May 5 against Detroit … surrendered a season-high three home runs in 4.0 innings and matched his high in runs (8) and walks (3) … tossed 1.1 scoreless inning of relief May 9 against Los Angeles (AL) but then allowed five runs in 0.2 innings for his eighth loss of the season May 11 against Texas and was designated for assignment the next day…the eight-game losing streak is the longest of his career and it tied for the longest in the American League in 2013 (Jerome Williams, LAA)…was outrighted to Oklahoma City May 14 but returned to Houston Aug. 13 … finished the season with the Astros, compiling a 4.74 ERA and .250 opponents average in eight appearances, all in relief…allowed at least one run in seven of those outings…tossed two or more innings in six of those appearances, including 3.2 innings Sept. 6 at Oakland and Sept. 17 against Cincinnati.
OKLAHOMA CITY: Was 2-4 with a 4.68 ERA in 20 games, including seven starts, with Triple-A Oklahoma City … hit 12 batters in 50.0 innings…allowed a .285 opponents batting average, including .275 (28-for-102) against right-handed hitters compared to .296 (29-for-98) against left-handers … surrendered five of his seven home runs to lefties for a .612 slugging percentage…righties slugged .412 … six of the seven home runs he allowed were solo shots…went 0-4 with a 4.64 ERA in his seven starts compared to 2-0 with a 4.76 ERA in 13 relief appearances … allowed his only inherited runner to score … was 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in eight home games, 1-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 12 contests on the road…the RedHawks were 0-7 in his starting assignments … tossed more than five innings in just one of his starts … three of his first four appearances came in relief…then made six starts over a nine-game stretch from June 4 to July 12, but went 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA over that span…allowed a season-high six runs in 4.2 innings June 10 against Iowa…tossed 5.0 scoreless innings and struck out a season-high six June 19 at New Orleans but had a no decision in a 4-3 loss…fired a season-high 7.0 innings June 24 against Omaha … yielded a season-high 10 hits in 5.0 innings June 30 at Nashville … made his final start of the season and was charged with his final loss July 12 against New Orleans … walked a season-high four batters in 2.2 innings…then went 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA over his final seven games … did not allow a run from July 19 to Aug. 1 (8.0 ip)…including 3.0 scoreless innings July 24 at Omaha for his first win of the season…it was his longest outing as a reliever.
Began the year in Chicago's starting rotation before transferring over to the bullpen in August...
posted a 5-5 record with a 6.44 ERA (73ER/102IP) in 26 games (16 starts) for the White Sox in 2012...in 14
games (eight starts) away from the hitter-friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field, went 5-2 with a 4.67 ERA
(28ER/54IP)...spent the entire season on the Major League roster, but missed time on the Disabled List from
June 17-July 17 with a right elbow flexor strain...became just the 21st pitcher in MLB history to toss a perfect
game on April 21, 2012 at SEA...tied a career-high with nine strikeouts in what was a 4-0 shutout against the
Mariners at Safeco Field...joined Oakland's Dallas Braden (May 9, 2010 vs. TB) as the only pitchers in Major
League history whose first career complete game was a perfect game (Elias)...threw 96 pitches, which was the
fewest in a perfect game since David Cone tossed 88 on July 18, 1999 vs. MON...Humber went to a three-ball count just once...his perfect game came in just his 30th Major League start, which ranks as the third fewest
starts in ML history prior to throwing a perfect game...received American League Player of the Week honors
for the week of April 16-22 following his perfect game...received a congratulatory phone call from President
Barack Obama and read the Top 10 List on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on April 23...Governor Pat
Quinn proclaimed April 28 "Philip Humber Day" in the state of Illinois...was the third perfect game in White
Sox history...made three rehab starts between Triple A Charlotte (2g) and Double A Birmingham (1g), going
1-1 with a 3.65 ERA (5ER/12.1IP) and nine strikeouts.
Was 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA (68 ER/163.0 IP) in 28 games (26 starts) in his first full Major-League season ... the 163.0 IP were the most in his
professional career ... was 8-5 with a 3.10 ERA (37 ER/107.1 IP) and .218 (87-399) opponents average in the first half, compared to 1-4 with a 5.01
ERA (31 ER/55.2 IP) and .287 (64-223) average after the break ... righthanders hit .203 (49-241), the sixth-lowest mark in the American League ...
went 6-3 on the road and 3-6 at home ... posted a 3.69 ERA (66 ER/161.0 IP) as a starter and a 9.00 ERA (2 ER/2.0 IP) in relief ... made his White
Sox debut in relief on 4/3 at Cleveland, allowing two runs on two hits without recording an out ... gave up just one hit over 7.0 scoreless IP on 4/25 at New York-al ... held the Yankees hitless through 6.1 IP before Alex Rodriguez singled to end the no-hit bid ... allowed three hits or less with at least 7.0 IP in three straight starts from 4/25-5/6, joining Billy Pierce (5/30-6/8/57) as
the only pitchers in club history to accomplish the feat ... compiled a career-high, five-game winning streak from 5/13-6/19, posting a 2.89 ERA (16 ER/50.2 IP) ... threw at least 7.0 IP in six consecutive starts from 5/20-6/19, the first Sox right-hander to do so since Jon Garland from 4/10-5/17/07 ... was removed from his start on 8/18
vs. Cleveland after he was struck above his right eye by a line drive off the bat of Kosuke Fukudome (1.1 IP) ... was on the 15-day disabled list from 8/19-9/3 with a facial contusion ... made one rehab start on 8/30 at Norfolk (4 ER/5.0 IP) ... recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in his final start on 9/28 vs. Toronto (1 ER/6.2 IP).
Spent the majority of the season with Class AAA Omaha, going 5-6 with a 4.47 ERA (59 ER/118.2 IP)
in 21 games (20 starts)...also made eight appearances (one start) with Kansas City and went 2-1 with a 4.15
ERA (10 ER/21.2 IP)...signed by the Royals as a free agent on 1/25 and began the season with Omaha ...
was on the disabled list from 4/25-5/3 with right elbow inflammation...his contract was purchased on 8/5 ...
made his second career start on 8/21 vs. the White Sox (ND, 5 ER/5.2 IP)...earned his first major-league win
on 8/25 at Detroit (0 ER/3.0 IP)...was designated for assignment on 12/15 and claimed off waivers by Oakland
Opened the season in the Twins bullpen, but spent a majority of the season at Triple-A Rochester...Following the season, made 7 appearances (including 6 starts) for Ponce in the Puerto Rican Winter League...
went 2-3 with a 4.19 ERA.
Was acquired by Minnesota along with pitchers Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey and outfielder Carlos Gomez in exchange for pitcher Johan Santana, February 2...Began season at Triple-A Rochester and made five starts, posting a record of 0-3, 5.24 (22.1 ip, 13 er) before being moved to the bullpen for three games...made 10 more starts from May 6-July 1, including a 6.0-inning shutout performance, May 27 vs. Charlotte...won six of his last seven starts for the Red Wings, going 6-1, 2.60 (55.1 ip, 16 er) with 41 strikeouts and 11 walks...season-high 11 strikeouts, August 12 vs. Syracuse, passing his previous high of 10, July 28 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...tossed back-to-back complete games, August 17 at Syracuse going 8.0 innings, allowing two runs on just four hits while picking up the loss...second complete game came August 22 vs. Pawtucket, allowing one run on five hits in 9.0 innings of work...was 6-1, 2.67 (57.1 ip, 17 er) in nine games after the All-Star break...finished with 31 games and 23 starts for the Wings, going 10-8 with a 4.56 ERA before being recalled by Minnesota on September 2...made his first appearance for the Twins as a reliever, September 4 at Toronto...pitched a career-high 5.1 innings of relief, September 18 at Tampa Bay, giving up two earned runs (both solo home runs) on three hits...career-high three strikeouts, September 26 vs. Kansas City, in 2.0 innings of relief.
Recalled from New Orleans (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League on September 1st...Appeared in two games in relief for the Mets (September 5th at Cincinnati and September 11th vs. Atlanta), going 0-0 with a 3.00
ERA...In 3.0 innings, he allowed three hits, one run, earned, with two strikeouts...Made his first major league start on September 26th vs. Washington...Worked 4.0 innings, allowed six hits and five runs...Had a
no-decision in a 10-9 loss...Went 11-9 with a 4.27 ERA in 25 games, all starts with the Zephyrs...In 139.0 innings, he allowed 129 hits, 70 runs, 66 earned,
with 44 walks and 120 strikeouts...His 120 strikeouts ranked fifth in the PCL...Opponents batted .244 against him in the minors, with lefthanders hitting .230 (57-248) and righthanders hitting .256 (72-281)...Won five consecutive decisions from May 13th-June 30th...Struck out six or more batters nine times...Tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts on August 22nd vs. Iowa...In that game, he took
a no-hitter into the ninth inning, before allowing a single with one out...Finished allowing just one hit, one run, and one walk in 8.1 innings...Allowed three earned runs or less in 18 of his 25 starts...Allowed two runs or less 11 times, one run seven times, and twice did not allow an earned run...Pitched five or more innings in 20 of his 25 starts.
Made his Major League debut in the ninth inning on Sept. 24 vs.Washington...Worked a scoreless inning and fanned Felipe Lopez for his first career strikeout...Also tossed a scoreless inning on Sept. 27 at Atlanta...Had his contract purchased from Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League on Sept. 5...Notched 79 strikeouts in 76.1 Minor League innings...Went 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA (two earned runs/17.1 innings) with 15 strikeouts in his last three starts with the B-Mets...Was promoted to Binghamton on Aug. 1...Allowed one run with 22 strikeouts over his final 23.0 innings (0.39 ERA) at St.Lucie (A) of the Florida State League...Went 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA in seven starts for St.Lucie (A)...Made his first outing after his 2005 Tommy John surgery with the rookie-level Gulf Coast Mets on June 22...Worked 4.0 innings vs. the Nationals, allowing seven hits, three runs, earned, with one walk and seven strikeouts...Pitched in one game for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League...Allowed one run in 2.0 innings with three strikeouts.
His season came to an end on July 19th when he underwent reconstructive surgery on his right elbow...Dr. James Andrews repaired
the ulnar collateral ligament in Birmingham, AL...Started the year with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and was promoted to Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League on July 11th...Started that night against Norwich and suffered the loss, leaving the game after 4.0 innings because of discomfort in the
elbow...Surgery would follow eight days later...Made his first professional start, April 7th at St. Lucie against Vero Beach...Took the loss, going 5.0 innings with four hits one run, earned, no walks and six strikeouts...Had a no-decision against Brevard County in his next outing...In 5.0 innings, he allowed no runs, on one hit, with one walk and two strikeouts...Gained his first victory of the year vs. Jupiter on June 11th...Went 7.0 innings and permitted four hits, one run, not earned, with one walk and five strikeouts...Turned back Daytona on June 24th for his second victory...Went 7.0 innings again and gave one run on three hits, with no walks and 10 strikeouts...Had 65 strikeouts in 70.1 innings at St. Lucie.