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Mets sign first round draft pick Philip Humber
01/11/2005 4:49 PM ET
The New York Mets today signed their first round draft pick from the 2004 First Year Player Draft, the third overall pick, righthanded pitcher Philip Humber from Rice University. Humber, who received a combination $3.7 million signing bonus and contract, will join the Mets mini-camp in Port St. Lucie, FL on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Humber, a 6-4, 210-pound, junior went 13-4 with one save and a 2.27 ERA in 20 games, 15 starts this season for the Owls. In 115.0 innings, he allowed 87 hits, 34 runs, 29 earned, with 37 walks and 154 strikeouts. Humber, 22, set the Rice single-game record with 17 strikeouts on March 20th vs. Hawaii to earn national pitcher of the week honors.

"I'm excited I'm officially a Met today," said Humber. "I can't wait to get to spring training and start playing baseball. I don't want to set any time tables, but it's my goal to be back at Shea soon and be part of a championship team."

Humber was named to the 2004 Louisville Slugger All-America team as selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and to the 2004 USA TODAY/Sports Weekly All-America team. Philip was also one of 10 finalists for the 2004 Dick Howser Trophy, the top player in college baseball. "He comes from a first class college program and has a proven track record at the college level," said Mets General Manager Omar Minaya. "We are excited to add him to an organization that has always placed a premium on pitching."

In addition, Humber was one of 10 college pitchers who were named semifinalists for the inaugural Roger Clemens Award. The list voted upon by the Division I head baseball coaches and selected national media.

Humber went 35-8 with one save and a 2.80 ERA in 56 games, 49 starts with Rice during his three-year career. In 353.2 innings, he yielded 279 hits, 133 runs, 110 earned, with 119 walks and 422 strikeouts.

"Philip is strong, durable and competitive," said Rice head coach Wayne Graham, who played 20 games with the 1964 New York Mets. "We relied on him to pitch a lot of innings and he will be forever remembered here at Rice for his performance in the national championship game last season."

Philip tossed a complete-game, four-hitter in the championship game of the 2003 College World Series vs. Stanford to lead Rice to a 14-2 triumph.

Humber was 11-3 with a 3.30 ERA as a sophomore. He was a Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and earned First Team All-Western Athletic Conference honors after posting 17 consecutive wins in the WAC.

As a freshman, Humber went 11-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 18 games, 16 starts for the Owls. Philip notched National Freshman of the Year honors from Collegiate Baseball. He also was an All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball (2nd Team), Baseball America (2nd Team) and Baseball Weekly (3rd Team).

Humber was selected in the 29th round in the 2001 First Year Player Draft by the Yankees but did not sign. He was honored with "Philip Humber Day" in his hometown of Carthage, TX on June 26, 2003.

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