White Sox Claim Phil Humber

The White Sox announced that they claimed right-hander Philip Humber off of waivers from the A's (Twitter link). The A's claimed Humber from the Royals last month, only to designate him for assignment to create roster space for Guillermo Moscoso.

Humber posted a 4.15 ERA in 21 2/3 big league innings this year. As short as that stint was, it was the most the 28-year-old has ever pitched in the big leagues. The former first rounder was once considered a top prospect and the Mets sent him to Minnesota in the Johan Santana deal. In 664 1/3 minor league innings, he has a 4.48 ERA with 7.3 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9.


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  1. foxtown 5 years ago

    21 innings of 1.34 WHIP for the Royals last year and a 2.29 SO/BB. Could be useful in a 6th or 7th inning role.

    • lug 5 years ago

      I would not mind if Humber worked with Coop through spring training and send him off to AAA and start some games to see how that goes.

  2. Former first round pick. Can’t wait to track his progress in Charlotte. Doubt he’ll turn out but he’s worth a shot in our system.

    • lolpods 5 years ago

      really. not like there’s anyone to get giddy about there.

  3. evenyoudorn 5 years ago

    Matt Thornton or John Van Ben…schott…en?

    Time will tell. Certainly worth a flier with our farm system, though. He’s literally like the second-best pitcher in our system as soon as he gets off the bus. (Very slight exaggeration.)

    • TwinsVet 5 years ago

      I forget where I saw the list (BaseballAmerica maybe?) but they had the Sox listed like 3rd-to-last for farm systems.

      This guy has always had good potential but never been able to time his sporadic control with his sporadic health to actualize that potential.

      • eck78 5 years ago

        true because Kenny traded 80% of it away however name one player thats amounted to a hill of beans he’s traded.

        • TwinsVet 5 years ago

          Didn’t Daniel Hudson come out of your system? He’s one of the most highly regarded young up-and-coming arms in the majors…

          • jwsox 5 years ago

            yes but he has yet to pitch a full year…any team can trade away prospects and see them start for a team for half a year be beasts and then crash and burn…the jury is still way out on hudson which is why the dbacks were looking for depth

          • TwinsVet 5 years ago

            Very true. I just don’t think its safe to say all the prospects KW has shipped off have been busts. Jury is still out, as you say.

        • lug 5 years ago

          Well also 2 out of our last 3 1st rounders are already with the club.

        • Gio Gonzalez put together a decent season last year.

          • evenyoudorn 5 years ago

            I think Chris Carter is going to be the one that hurts us, if not Hudson. Surprised De Los Santos never panned out, but he’s still young and coming off some surgery.

    • Ian_Smell 5 years ago

      Please keep the JVB references to a minimum. It still hurts.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      Humber is out of options, so he’ll have to be on the Opening Day roster or DFA’d when the time comes for the White Sox to finalize everything.

      He’s still worth a flier, though. I agree. And they might even be able to sneak him through waivers if they wait to DFA him right before Opening Day.

      • evenyoudorn 5 years ago

        …and we’ve still got some latitude with the long relief spot, etc. I don’t know Infante’s option situation, but I suspect he can languish for another year if it’s the difference between Humber staying or going (assuming he looks at all promising).

        Santos, Thornton, Crain, Ohman, Pena, Humber, Infante (or Nunez, or Sale… or Nathan Jones, if he gets some contacts or something).

  4. mikefichera 5 years ago

    Followed him when he was with the mets, wicked curve ball always had health and command issues however.

  5. Daniel Hudson, Gio Gonzalez, Jon Rauch, Keith Foulke, Chris B. Young, Brandon Allen (promising), and Clayton Richard

    Young is definitely the one that got away in the recent future, but do agree that most prospects we trade don’t end up doing much. Kenny has a phenomenal eye for talent for the most part.

    • Hudson, Gonzalez, and Richard have yet to really prove themselves as reliable major leaguers. Plus they’re pitchers, so their value is derived in their long-term health, not a half year of good numbers. Allen is still in the minors, so you can’t grade him yet. Chris Young hits homers and steals bases, but he also bats in the .240s and had that awful .212 year in 2009. I’m ok with Chris Young being our biggest lost prospect.

      Foulke was already established with the White Sox and a year away from free agency. He hardly counts as the prospect who got away. In fact, Billy Koch the closer we traded Foulke for had more years of team control remaining.

  6. cachhubguy 5 years ago

    Typical KW pickup. Former #1 pick that hasn’t lived up to their potential. Sometimes he strikes gold.

  7. Tbh, the only prospect we recently traded away that I wish we had back is Ryan Sweeney. The guy knows how to hit for a high average and get on base. Too bad he’ll only hit 5 HRs total if he were to have a 20 year career. (Ok so he already had 13 career HRs, but I stand by my lack of power assertion)

    • evenyoudorn 5 years ago

      Yeah, you hate to say it but Sweeney is a better option than Quentin or Pierre on this team. We don’t need power, and stolen bases are worthless, but a guy who plays great defense and gets on base in front of the bats would be fantastic.

      ~$8M for Pierre or whatever pittance Sweeney makes? Easy choice. Quentin’s closer, but I’d still take Sweeney (given we have PK, Dunn, Beckham to drive in runs).

      • lolpods 5 years ago

        what if quentin is all of a sudden 2008 quentin, though? can you imagine the production from that lineup? my god.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      I would probably be missing Gio Gonzalez more than Ryan Sweeney, at this point. He’s learned to keep his emotions in check when he’s on the mound, and is looking better with every outing as a result. Sweeney’s a really solid player, but until he can stay healthy for a full season it will be hard for any team to count on him as an everyday player. He’s had a lot knee problems for such a young guy.

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