The San Diego Padres made a few moves on Saturday as the team structures its roster for 2021.
The San Diego Padres claimed Jordan Humphreys off waivers on Saturday.
Humphreys is not expected to make the big league team but is required to be on the 40-man roster.
In the corresponding move, Jose Castillo was moved to the 60-day IL with a torn UCL. A tough break for the Padres, as Castillo looked to have a breakout 2021 season.
Humphries was selected in the 18th round of the 2018 amateur draft by the New York Mets out of Crystal River High School in Florida. He was 19 years old at the time and received a $150,000 signing bonus.
The 24-year-old, right-hander has bounced around different organizations, pitching for the New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, and the San Francisco Giants. Humphreys made it to the High Single-A level in 2017. During the 2018 season, he tore his UCL and underwent Tommy John surgery. Humphreys missed that entire season and pitched in only two games in 2019 for the Giants (in the minors).
After losing the 2020 minor league season, it’s been quite a long time since Humphreys has pitched a competitive game.
The #Padres have claimed RHP Jordan Humphreys off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Padres placed LHP Jose Castillo on the 60-day IL.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 6, 2021
Humphreys claims to have a four-pitch mix but relies mostly on a 91-93 mph fastball and slider combination, mixing in a changeup.
He has a career 2.60 ERA in MiLB and boasts just over a strikeout per inning pitch.
Jordan Humphreys was once as high as the 14th ranked prospect (for the Mets) and, before his surgery, was considered to have a high ceiling as a back-end bullpen piece. Humphreys is considered a long shot to contribute to the Padres in 2021 but could work his way into 2022 and beyond if the Padres can find a way to keep him on a roster.