09 Jun

the right fit

If Reid Humphreys misses swinging the bat, it’s not showing. The former Mississippi State two-way standout, who hit .310 with 44 RBIs as a junior in 2016, is pitching exclusively in pro ball and putting up sparkling numbers. The 23-year-old right-hander, with Class A Lancaster in Colorado’s system, returned from a short stint on the disabled list on Friday and recorded his 14th straight scoreless appearance, also picking up a win after his one inning of work. Humphreys has 12 saves — second in the California League — and a 2.21 ERA for the high-A Jethawks. Humphreys is 12-for-13 in save opportunities this year and 25-for-27 in save opps with a 2.59 ERA in his three years in the minors. He throws strikes: 87 strikeouts and 18 walks in 76 innings. “I want to be the same, dependable guy every single time I take the mound. Consistency is something I want to work on, for sure,” he told lifestylesports101.com prior to this season. Consider that mission accomplished. The younger brother of big league free agent Tyler Moore, Humphreys was a dual player at Northwest Rankin High before an arm injury kept him off the mound his senior season. He didn’t pitch again until his junior year at State, where he notched seven saves in 17 games. He was a Ferriss Trophy finalist that year and was drafted, as a pitcher, by the Rockies in the seventh round. Humphreys’ results this year may soon warrant a promotion to Double-A. And because he’s with a National League team, he could get a chance to swing the bat again, which he just might enjoy.

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