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Justin Humphries

Justin Humphries was a Minor League All-Star who also played for the Australian national team. As a dual citizen, he was chosen to represent Australia in games against teams from Japan and Taiwan in 2005–06. He played professional baseball for nine years after being drafted by the Houston Astros as an eighteen-year-old out of Episcopal High School in Houston in 2001.

He was an All-Star in the strong South Atlantic League and was rated one of the top ten hitters in all of the Minor Leagues in 2003. His career was interrupted by debilitating injuries, and he required surgeries on his wrist and knee (ACL). He had five seasons with the Astros and four in Independent Professional Leagues.

Humphries, a leading Houston-area high school player as a catcher, pitcher, and power hitter, was a member of a major national summer travel team, the Ohio Thunder, and twice traveled to Australia with Area Code Games teams in the Goodwill Games series. He was a member of the 1999 National Wood Bat Championship Team, Perfect Game USA, in Florida.

Humphries signed a scholarship agreement with the University of Kansas to play in the Big 12 in 2001, but was drafted before entering the school and agreed to a Minor League contract. At the time of signing with the Astros, he negotiated a college scholarship and used it to graduate magna cum laude from Columbia University in the Ivy League in 2010. He is currently director of player development of a major national education project aimed at helping professional athletes prepare for business life after sports. He is also coaching a Little League team in New York City.

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