30-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
The Cubs picked up Hunter for the stretch run last year, but the Hunter they got didn't look like the same version that turned into a decent setup man in Baltimore the last few seasons. In just 15.2 i...
Tommy Hunter Contract Information:
Agreed to a one-year, $4.65 million deal with the Orioles in January 2015.
Hunter (back) tossed a scoreless frame in Friday's victory over the Yankees.
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|2011 (Multiple Teams)||24||MAJ||TEX/BAL||20||11||0||84.7||100||44||12||45||15||4||4||0||1||1||4.68||1.36|
|2015 (Multiple Teams)||28||MAJ||BAL/CHC||58||0||0||60.3||61||28||7||47||14||4||2||1||1||7||4.18||1.24|
|2016 (Multiple Teams)||29||MAJ||CLE/BAL||33||0||0||34.0||35||12||1||23||8||2||2||0||1||1||3.18||1.26||3-Year Averages||50||0||0||51.7||50||20||4||38||11||3||2||4||2||6||3.48||1.18|
|Career (View All)||317||75||0||710.7||745||336||105||446||159||48||35||16||–||–||4.26||1.27|
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Tommy Hunter Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||G||GS||IP||K/9||BB/9||K/BB||HR/9||GB/FB Ratio||Strand %||Fastball||ERA||FIP||BABIP|
|2011 (Multiple Teams)||24||MAJ||TEX/BAL||20||11||84.7||4.78||1.59||3.00||1.28||1.16||68.9%||92.1 MPH||4.68||4.53||.312|
|2015 (Multiple Teams)||28||MAJ||BAL/CHC||58||0||60.3||7.01||2.09||3.36||1.04||1.40||69.1%||96.3 MPH||4.18||3.87||.305|
|2016 (Multiple Teams)||29||MAJ||CLE/BAL||33||0||34.0||6.09||2.12||2.88||0.26||2.08||73.8%||94.5 MPH||3.18||2.96||.318||3-Year Averages||50||0||51.7||6.62||1.92||3.45||0.70||–||71.9%||–||3.48||3.37||.299|
2016 Stat Review for Tommy Hunter As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2015 (min 55 in)
A collection of stats that measure different skills.
A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.
Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The Orioles had two of most predictable cases of 2014. You didnít need hindsight to see Ubaldo Jimenez folding in the rotation, or to see Hunter losing the closerís job in short order. Zach Britton had the role by late May, as Hunter amassed a 6.06 ERA in the first two months of the season. Hunter has routinely been thrashed by lefties and allowed too many homers. The first two months of 2014 were no different, but he added ineffectiveness against righties to the mix. To his credit, he completely turned his season around once he was removed from the ninth inning, posting a 1.83 ERA in his final 41 appearances as he dominated both lefties and righties while allowing just one home run. Of course, if he isnít offering saves with that hot ERA then he doesnít have much fantasy value. Even with a mid-to-high-90s heater, he just doesnít miss enough bats to be a fantasy option; even as a seventh or eighth-inning guy.
Hunter seems to have found his niche as a setup man for the Orioles and he is the odds on favorite to close in 2014 after the team traded Jim Johnson to the Athletics. All of Hunter's advanced stats spiked in 2013 (7.1 K/9, 1.5 BB/9, 1.2 HR/9) following an awful 2012 (5.2 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 2.2 HR/9). All of his pitches also saw spikes in velocity when comparing his previous two seasons, as Hunter threw three-to-four mph harder in 2013. The current weakness here is Hunter's struggles against left-handed batters, who hit .294/.322/.535 with 11 homers against him last season while righties hit just .140/.190/.154 (no homers). If he can remedy those issues by adding a new pitch, Hunter might take another significant step forward. Surprisingly, the Orioles had previously said Hunter would compete for a rotation spot, but those plans have probably changed.
Hunter's downfall in 2012 was his susceptibility to the long ball. He gave up 32 home runs in just 133.2 innings, was ousted from the rotation and had two brief stints in the minors. Hunter returned as a reliever in September and allowed just one run in 12 appearances, including the playoffs. Hunter's velocity spiked to the upper-90s after the move to the bullpen, but the Orioles have not committed a spot to Hunter in either the rotation or the bullpen for 2013. It would take an incredible spring training for Hunter to make the rotation, so he could be used in long relief or shuttle between Triple-A and the majors as a starter.
Hunter began the 2011 season in the Rangers bullpen, but a trade to Baltimore resulted in a return to the rotation. Nothing changed besides the uniform, as Hunter was generally rocked with the Orioles, allowing a 5.06 ERA and 11 home runs in an equal number of starts. Hunter continues to be a classic replacement level starting pitcher, albeit one who doesn't have as much experience as you would expect for someone his age thanks to a steady dose of time spent on the disabled list.
Hunter suffered an oblique injury in spring training, but found himself in the Texas rotation by early June and ended up racking up 13 wins in the process. He continued to show good control, issuing just 33 walks in 128 innings, but fanned just 68 batters. Toss out his first five starts, and you've got a pitcher hovering right around a 4.40 ERA and 1.350 WHIP which is a truer reflection of his abilities than his season as a whole. He's an adequate back-of-the-rotation starter who loses value in most formats with his lack of strikeouts.
Hunter took over for an injured Matt Harrison in the Texas rotation in June, showing good control (33 walks in 112 innings), but not many strikeouts. That profile (not missing many bats, not getting many groundballs) doesn't translate very well very often, though Hunter was one of several Rangers starters that had a better season than the underlying numbers would suggest. Throwing strikes and hoping it's caught at the warning track doesn't come recommended in one of the AL's best hitting parks, so buyer beware here.
Hunter pitched at four levels, including a brief stint with Texas, in 2008 despite being pretty hittable at all stops. His composite line in the minors (163.2 innings, 170 hits, 34 walks, 106 K) look a tad worse when you remove his numbers from High-A Bakersfield (50 K in 58.1 innings). While his control is major league ready, it doesn't look like he'll miss enough bats to be an effective starter in the majors given Texas' home park. He doesn't miss many meals either, as witnessed by his 6-3, 255-pound frame, which could be a problem down the road.