Tommy Hunter (baseball)
Hunter with the Baltimore Orioles
July 3, 1986 |
|August 1, 2008, for the Texas Rangers|
(through 2015 season)
|Earned run average||4.31|
|Competitor for United States|
|World University Championship|
|2006 Havana||National team|
Raymond Thomas "Tommy" Hunter (born July 3, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hunter attended Cathedral High School, and then the University of Alabama. At Alabama, Hunter was an All-American in his freshman season, during which the team won the 2006 SEC Championship.
Major league career
Hunter was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the supplemental first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of Alabama. The Rangers were awarded a compensatory pick when Mark DeRosa left to go to the Chicago Cubs in free agency.
Hunter made his major league debut on August 1, 2008, taking on the Toronto Blue Jays. In 5 innings, he gave up 6 runs on 8 hits, walking two and striking out four batters. He recorded his first MLB win on July 3, 2009 against the Tampa Bay Rays, going 5.1 innings of 1 run 5 K ball. He recorded his first Major League complete game on September 13, 2009 against the Seattle Mariners. On October 3, 2009 Hunter gave up Ken Griffey Jr's 630th career home run.
On July 30, 2011, the Rangers traded Hunter and first baseman Chris Davis to the Baltimore Orioles for reliever Koji Uehara. In the 2012 season, Hunter has posted a 7–8 record. He was a starter for a while, but was optioned to Triple A Norfolk. He was placed in the bullpen as a reliever. As a reliever Hunter's fastball averaged 96 MPH over the month of September, and topped out at 100 MPH, after averaging 91-92 MPH for his career.
Hunter did start the 2014 season as the Orioles closer and was successful in 11 of his 12 save opportunities, but he blew 2 consecutive saves on May 10 and 13 and then was placed on the 15 day disabled list. When he returned, he continued to work out of the bullpen, but not as the closer. He agreed to a one year deal worth $4.65 million in January 2015, avoiding arbitration.
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- "Orioles, Hunter agree on 1-year contract". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- Muskat, Carrie (July 31, 2015). "Cubs get Hunter from O's, send Lake in return". MLB.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)