Tommy Hunter

Tommy Hunter

37-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tommy Hunter in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year contract with the Mets in December of 2022. Released by the Mets in June of 2023.
Retires from baseball
PFree Agent  
December 13, 2023
Hunter announced Wednesday that he has officially retired from baseball, Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
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Hunter, 37, struggled to a 6.85 ERA through 23.2 innings of relief last year with the Mets before being released in mid-June. The right-hander pitched for seven different teams over the course of 16 major-league seasons and finishes with a career 4.07 ERA in 917.1 total frames.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
26
Last 10 Games
27
Last 5 Games
20
How many pitches does Tommy Hunter generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Tommy Hunter generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .247 87 21 5 19 2 1 8
Since 2021vs Right .252 146 27 9 34 9 0 2
2023vs Left .256 45 9 4 10 0 1 5
2023vs Right .305 61 11 1 18 5 0 1
2022vs Left .269 28 8 1 7 1 0 3
2022vs Right .230 66 14 5 14 4 0 1
2021vs Left .167 14 4 0 2 1 0 0
2021vs Right .133 19 2 3 2 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-25%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2021
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 2.88 0.92 25.0 0 1 0 8.3 1.1 1.1
Since 2021Away 4.97 1.52 29.0 0 1 0 7.8 3.4 2.2
2023Home 5.63 1.00 8.0 0 0 0 10.1 1.1 1.1
2023Away 7.47 1.60 15.2 0 1 0 6.3 2.3 2.9
2022Home 2.08 1.00 13.0 0 1 0 9.0 1.4 1.4
2022Away 2.89 1.50 9.1 0 0 0 8.7 3.9 1.9
2021Home 0.00 0.50 4.0 0 0 0 2.3 0.0 0.0
2021Away 0.00 1.25 4.0 0 0 0 11.3 6.8 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Tommy Hunter compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.00
 
K/9
7.6
 
BB/9
1.9
 
HR/9
2.3
 
Fastball
92.1 mph
 
ERA
6.85
 
WHIP
1.39
 
BABIP
.320
 
GB/FB
1.36
 
Left On Base
52.8%
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.9%
 
Spin Rate
2388 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.7%
 
Swinging Strike
8.1%
 
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October 6, 2022
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July 29, 2021
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February 26, 2021
Todd Zola examines the impact of new scoring categories on the pitching side, including the rise in value of top set-up men like Tyler Duffey.
Bernie on the Scene: National League Trade Chips
August 29, 2020
With the trade deadline approaching, Bernie Pleskoff looks at what National League teams have to offer, and what they need. Will the Dodgers continue to offer Joc Pederson?
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Injuries limited Hunter to just 5.1 innings in 2019, but the Phillies liked what they saw from him the previous year enough to bring him back for another season, a decision that likely wasn't too hard to make given that they had to pay him less than a million dollars. While he hardly stood out last season, it's safe to say the 34-year-old gave them their money's worth, as he appeared in 24 games (tied for a team high) while recording a respectable 4.01 ERA. Hunter's peripherals were solid, as he posted a slightly above-average 24.5 K% and a strong 5.9 BB%. His fastball velocity dropped by nearly a tick and a half to 92.7 mph, but he adjusted by cutting its usage by nearly 10 percentage points and increasing his curveball usage by the same amount. Overall, Hunter remains a capable bullpen arm in the latter stages of his career, but he doesn't belong in a fantasy-relevant role.
Hunter was one of many Phillies relievers who spent most of the season on the injured list, pitching just 5.1 innings for the team. He did look good in those innings, posting a 5:0 K:BB with no earned runs, though the sample is far too small to be relied upon. Unfortunately, the 33-year-old's injury woes will go down as the most relevant events of his 2019 campaign. A flexor strain popped up in late February and prevented him from debuting until late June. When he did finally arrive, he lasted just a few weeks before the issue resurfaced in mid-July, resulting in him getting shut down for season-ending surgery. The veteran is a good pitcher when healthy but not an elite one, recording 21 saves with a 3.19 ERA and a 3.42 FIP since converting to relief at the start of the 2013 season. Adding age risk and injury risk to a player with likely only a setup-man ceiling makes for an unappealing fantasy asset.
Hunter put together a respectable 2018 campaign, though he didn't quite live up to expectations after the Phillies signed him to a two-year, $18 million contract last offseason. His ERA rose by over a run to 3.80 after sitting at 2.61 with the Rays the season before. The 28.1% strikeout rate Hunter posted in 2017 now looks like an obvious outlier, as he struck out just 18.9% of batters in 2018, right in line with the rates he posted in his four previous seasons. Despite the mediocre results, the 32-year-old was used in high-leverage situations by the Phillies and wound up fourth on the team with four saves. He should find himself in a similar role this season and could pick up another handful of saves, but Hunter's skills aren't good enough to make him a particularly appealing fantasy option unless he unexpectedly winds up in a full-time closing role.
Coming off a rough couple years, Hunter joined the Rays on a spring invite and impressed, making the club as a setup reliever. Hunter has always had plus velocity, but never missed the bats associated with a flamethrower. Last season, the 31-year-old right-hander threw his 96-mph fastball considerably less, adding a cutter with great results, especially against lefty swingers. Already known for being stingy with walks, Hunter’s career-best 11.5 percent swinging-strike rate fueled a 28.1 percent strikeout clip, well above his career 15.9 percent mark. The new arsenal induced batters to chase more and also resulted in a drop in homers. As hinted, the results versus left-handers were staggering, as Hunter held them to a .501 OPS, compared to .715 and .754 the previous two campaigns. Relievers are subject to sample size fluctuations, and Hunter has an injury history, including missing time with calf woes last summer, but if his cutter continues to be a wipeout pitch, more work in high-leverage situations is likely.
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 innings after the move to Chicago, he gave up 20 hits - including four home runs. His 19-game stint with the Cubs included a .354 BABIP while his BABIP during his career in Baltimore was well under .300, and he had a 15:3 K:BB in Chicago, so perhaps he deserved a better fate. Now a free agent, Hunter shouldn't have any problems finding work, especially if he keeps his K/BB at strong levels.
The Orioles had two of most predictable cases of 2014. You didn’t need hindsight to see Ubaldo Jimenez folding in the rotation, or to see Hunter losing the closer’s 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 isn’t offering saves with that hot ERA then he doesn’t have much fantasy value. Even with a mid-to-high-90s heater, he just doesn’t 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.
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Dropped by Mets
PFree Agent  
June 13, 2023
The Mets released Hunter on Tuesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Designated for assignment
PNew York Mets  
June 10, 2023
Hunter was designated for assignment by the Mets on Saturday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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Serves up walk-off homer
PNew York Mets  
June 9, 2023
Hunter (0-1) took the loss Thursday as the Mets fell 13-10 to Atlanta, giving up three runs (two earned) on a hit and a walk over two-thirds of an inning.
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Back from IL
PNew York Mets  
April 19, 2023
The Mets reinstated Hunter (back) from the 15-day injured list Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Beginning rehab assignment
PNew York Mets  
Back
April 14, 2023
Hunter (back) is beginning a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Syracuse, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports.
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