By Jerry Del Priore
If Jordan Humphreys’ first two starts of the campaign are any indication of what the 2017 will be like for him, he should fare pretty well.
The former 18th round pick of the New York Mets in the 2015 MLB amateur draft is 2-0 with 0.71 ERA with 18 strikeouts across 12.2 innings in two game starts for the Columbia Fireflies of the full-season Single-A Columbia Fireflies of the South Atlantic League (SAL).
The former Brooklyn Cyclone went 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA with nine whiffs in six innings of work last year.
Humphreys took a no-hit bid into the bottom of the sixth inning versus the Augusta GreenJackets Thursday night, but Kevin Rivera broke it up with a triple to center field.
The six-foot-two-inch, 225-pound hurler retired the first 16 hitters he faced and amassed nine whiffs in seven innings in the Fireflies’ 7-2 victory at Lake Olmstead Stadium in August.
Humphreys spent 2016 with two clubs (Kingsport Mets, Brooklyn), registering a 3.58 ERA with 85 strikeouts and just 16 walks across 75.1 innings in 13 starts.
The Crystal River, Fla., native began his professional career with the Gulf Coast Mets rookie league team, going 0-0 with a 1.54 ERA with seven Ks in 11.2 innings in seven tilts (all in relief) in 2015.
For his career, Humphreys has recorded 110 strikeouts to a mere 18 bases on balls in 99.2 frames in 22 contests.