October 20, 1966 |
New York City
|June 9, 1992, for the Montreal Expos|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 21, 1994, for the New York Mets|
|Earned run average||8.20|
Jonathan Hurst (born October 20, 1966 in New York City, USA) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Montreal Expos (1992) and New York Mets (1994). He's been the pitching coach of New York Mets in minor league since 2007.
Early life and draft
Prior to playing professionally, Hurst attended Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina and then Spartanburg Methodist College. He was drafted three times by major league teams: in 1986, he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the ninth round of the January draft, however he opted not to sign. That same year, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the June Secondary draft, however he once again did not sign. In 1987, he was taken in the fourth round of the 1987 regular draft by the Texas Rangers and did sign.
Major league career
Hurst made his major league debut on June 9, 1992 for the Montreal Expos at the age of 25. He made three starts for the Expos in his first big league season, going 1-1 with a 5.51 ERA. In 16 1/3 innings, he allowed 18 hits, walked seven batters and struck out four.
He pitched in the Expos organization until 1993, when he was selected off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 2. He was released by the Dodgers following the season and was signed by the Mets on December 16.
He pitched in seven games for the Mets in 1994, going 0-1 with a 12.60 ERA. He allowed 15 hits in 10 innings, while striking out six batters and walking five. He played his final major league game on April 21, 1994.
Overall, he went 1-2 with an 8.20 ERA in 10 games (three starts).
Minor league career
Hurst pitched in the minor leagues from 1987 to 1994 and again in 1998, going 51-38 with a 3.63 ERA in 206 games (110 starts). He pitched in the Rangers' (1987–1991, 1998), Expos' (1991–1993), Dodgers' (1993) and Mets' (1994) organizations.
He showed some flashes of excellence throughout his minor league career. For example, he went 4-3 with a 1.88 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings in his very first professional season, spent with the GCL Rangers. The following year, he went 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 13 games (four starts), as he struck out 35 batters in 33 innings for three teams. In 1991, he went 15-3 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 games (23 starts).
Prior to the 1992 season, he was ranked by Baseball America as the 91st best prospect in all of baseball.
Hurst pitched for the Yakult Swallows in 2001, going 1-1 with a 5.97 ERA in 22 games (two starts). In 34 2/3 innings, he allowed 43 hits, while walking 11 batters and striking out 13.
Hurst has been a pitching coach in the minor leagues since 2006. In 2006, he worked for the GCL Mets. He was with the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2007 and 2008, from 2009 to 2015 he coached for the Kingsport Mets, and in 2016 he began coaching for the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets Single A South Atlantic League affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina.