Born: Dec 21, 1982
A complete-game victory for Rice University in the final game of the 2003 College World Series highlighted an outstanding college career for Texas native Philip Humber.
Selected by the New York Mets with the third overall pick in the 2004 draft, Humber blew out his pitching elbow and had to undergo Tommy John surgery halfway through his first season in the minors. Humber struggled to regain his velocity and bounced around several organizations before finding success with the Chicago White Sox in 2011.
On April 21, 2012, Humber pitched a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners, becoming only the 21st pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the feat. The rest of the season didn't go as well for Humber and he was eventually placed on waivers.
The Astros claimed Humber and inserted him into their rotation to start the 2013 season. After losing his first seven starts and compiling an ERA of 8.82, Humber was demoted to the Astros bullpen. The change of roles didn't help. Humber finished 0-8 with a 7.90 ERA in his only season with the Astros.