Humphreys happy to be at MSU

Reid Humphreys made 15 starts as a true freshman this past season. (Bill Simmonds/ Mississippi State)

Reid Humphreys made 15 starts as a true freshman this past season. (Bill Simmonds/ Mississippi State)

Reid Humphreys is the younger brother of Tyler Moore of the Washington Nationals.

Last year, Humphreys had the opportunity to join his brother in professional baseball when the Nationals selected him in the 36th round of the MLB Draft.

However, Humphreys decided to follow in his brother’s footsteps in a different way. Moore lettered at Mississippi State in 2008 and this past season Humphreys did as well.

“It really wasn’t a hard decision,” Humphreys said. “I’ve always dreamed about playing baseball at Mississippi State. I’d be in Major League Baseball if that’s where I felt like God wanted me to be but I felt like this was definitely the place I’m supposed to be and I’m happy to be here.”

Humphreys starred at Northwest Rankin High School where he was named as a Louisville Slugger first team All-American and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Mississippi. He hit .419 with 11 home runs, 32 runs batted in and 11 stolen bases as a senior returning from Tommy John surgery.

The 6-foot-1, 201-pounder arrived as one of the headliners in the Bulldogs No. 2 ranked recruiting class and quickly lived up to the billing by being named the defensive MVP of the Maroon-White Fall World Series.

Humphreys went on to appear in 28 games as a true freshman including 15 starts. He batted .241 with a double and eight RBI.

“It’s a lot different than high school,” Humphreys said. “Every arm is a good arm. You never have a day where you go out there and you’re not facing a good pitcher, a good defense or a good team. Every hitter from the other team can put the ball out of the ballpark or drive in runs. You have to be on your toes at all times.

Humphreys blasted his first collegiate homer on March 1 against Michigan State into the Left Field Lounge at Dudy Noble Field. That same day, he had a pinch hit, walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Eastern Illinois as part of a doubleheader.

“It’s definitely fun to go out there and at least have a role on the team,” Humphreys said. “I know I’m not going to be out there every day but if my number gets called I’ve got to be focused and try to go in there and get the job done.”

Humphreys underwent what coach John Cohen called a “minor surgery to displace a nerve” in his right-arm following the season which will keep him out of action for 4-5 weeks this summer. When he returns, he is slated to play in the California Collegiate League for the San Luis Obispo Blues.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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