Raymond Thomas Hunter… Married Ellen Cohara (1/4/14); has two sons, Henry (9/24/15) and Oliver (10/10/17)… Attended Cathedral High School (IN), where he played baseball and football… Attended the University of Alabama, where he was a starter and reliever in his two seasons… Was a freshman Second-Team All-American in 2006 and preseason All-American entering the 2007 season… Earned a gold medal with the USA National Baseball Team in 2006… Was a two-time Junior Olympic judo champion… Hobby: Spending time outdoors with his family and golden retriever, Charlie… Signed by: Jeff Wood.
Made his fifth Opening Day roster (2012-15 with BAL)... Set career bests in both ERA (2.61) and WHIP (0.97)... Logged at least 60 appearances for the third time in his career (others: 2013-14)... Held opponents to a .202 AVG (43-213)... Posted a 1.71 ERA (8 ER, 42.0 IP) over his first 44 appearances of the season (4/4-8/15)... Entered the game with TB tied or ahead in 51 of his 61 appearances, including each of his final 28... Was on the DL with a right calf strain, 4/23-5/24; included a rehab assignment to Charlotte (A)... Had 12 consecutive scoreless outings (11.1 IP), 6/21-7/23, the second-longest such stretch of his career (longest: 15)... Retired 20 consecutive batters, 8/30-9/17, after retiring 16 consecutive batters, 7/26-8/3... Collected his 500th career SO, 9/1 at CWS
Opened the season on the 15-day DL recovering from surgery to repair a core muscle injury; was activated on 4/29 after a rehab assignment with Columbus (AAA)... Made 21 appearances with CLE before returning to the disabled list on 7/10 (fractured vertebrae)... Released on 8/25 and signed by BAL on 8/28... Posted a 2.19 ERA (3 ER, 12.0 IP) in 12 appearances with BAL... Allowed just 1 HR in his 34.0 total innings pitched.
Split season between Baltimore and the Chicago Cubs, who acquired him on July 31 for Junior Lake...Was 4-2 with a 4.18 ERA (28 ER/60.1 IP) in 58 outings between the Orioles and Cubs...Earned save in his Cubs debut of August 1 at Milwaukee… Was not on any of Chicago's two postseason rosters...Over his last 20 outings with Baltimore from May 30-July 30 he posted an ERA of 2.55 (24.2IP, 18H, 7ER, 19SO)...In his career he owns a relief ERA of 3.28 in 209 outings (241.IP, 223H, 88ER, 187SO, 7.0SO/9.0IP) compared to a starter ERA of 4.88...Right-handed batters have hit .247 (311-1257) off him in his career (.679OPS)...Had a pair of surgeries after the season to repair a core muscle injury suffered with the Cubs, the start date of his 2016 season is currently TBD (Dr. William Meyes; PHI, PA).
Began the season as the O's closer, converting 11-of-17 chances…Posted a 1.77 ERA (45.2IP, 9ER, 7BB, 31K) in his final 43 appearances after transitioning out of the closer role, beginning May 17...Allowed one earned run or fewer in 55 of his 60 appearances...Earned Opening Day save vs. BOS, March 31 (IP, H, K, HB)...Recorded save and win in DH vs. PIT on May 1, facing just three batters…Became the 1st pitcher with a W & SV on the same day since Jonathan Papelbon, September 9, 2012...Placed on DL, retroactive to May 21, with a left groin strain…Reinstated from 15-day DL, June 8...Retired the side on three pitches, June 29 vs. TB...Had a career-high stretch of 17 straight games without allowing a walk, July 29-September 8...Posted a career-best streak of 13 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, August 31-end of the season…It was his second streak of at least 12 games this season...Struck out a season-high three, September 8 @BOS...Made two postseason appearances, tossing a combined 1.2 scoreless innings…Pitched in Game 1 of both the ALDS and ALCS
Made his 2nd O's Opening Day roster and pitched out of the bullpen... Tossed 86.1 innings as a reliever, 2nd most in the AL, in his 68 appearances (T-2nd on the club)... Tossed 2.0 or more innings 13 times, pitching to a 0.30 ERA (29.1IP, 13H, ER, 3BB, 22K) in those games... Allowed one or fewer runs in 61 of his 68 games... Went 3-1 with two saves, a 1.54 ERA (46.2IP, 8ER), nine walks and 36 strikeouts in a 33-game stretch, April 12-July 10... Recorded 1st ML save, April 20 vs. LAD (3.0IP, 3H, BB, 2K)... Tied season-high with 3.0 scoreless IP and set season-high with four strikeouts, August 14 @ARI... Posted a 2.06 ERA (43.2IP, 10ER) in 34 games at OPACY... Held right-handed hitters to a line of .141/.190/.154 in 159 plate appearances while lefties hit .294/.322/.535 in 177 plate appearances... In 40 games against teams that finished over .500, held hitters to a .528 OPS (.190/.224/.304 in 193 PA), posting a 2.41 ERA (52.1IP, 14ER)... Posted a combined 2.18 ERA (33.0IP, 8ER) in 27 games vs. BOS (11G), TB (9G) and NYY (7G) but a 6.17 mark (11.2IP, 8ER) in 9G vs. TOR
Had five stints with the O's (4/4-5/7, 5/10-29, 6/9-6/30, 7/18-8/24, 9/3-end of season), setting career-highs in G (33), IP (133.2)and K (77) ... Began the season in the rotation, where he went 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA (36.0IP, 20ER) in six starts before being optioned, 5/7 ... Overall, was 4-8 with a 5.71 ERA (116.2IP, 74ER) in 20 starts for the O's ... Made 13 relief appearances, where he pitched to a 3.71 ERA (17.0IP, 7ER) and improved his K/9 from 4.7 as starter to 8.5out of the pen ... Went 3-0 and posted a 0.71 ERA (12.2IP, ER, 12K) in 10 September appearances out of the bullpen ... Held hitters to a .255/.280/.298 line in 51 PA in those last 10 games ... Won consecutive appearances, 9/18 @SEA and 9/22 @BOS, both extra-inning contests ... Made three starts for AAA Norfolk (4.66 ERA; 19.1IP, 10ER) and two starts for AA Bowie (0.00ERA, 10.0IP) ... Made 2 scoreless appearances in the ALDS vs. NYY (1.1IP, K)
Was acquired from Texas on July 30 along with INF Chris Davis in exchange for RH Koji Uehara ... Began the season on the DL for Texas after suffering a strained right groin in a spring training start on March 24 ... Was reinstated from DL July 1 and made his season debut for Texas on July 2 at Florida in relief ... Appeared in eight games for the Rangers, going 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA (15.1IP, 5ER) ... Appeared in 12 games (11 starts) for the Orioles, going 3-3 with a 5.06 ERA (69.1IP, 39ER) ... Threw seven scoreless innings to pick up the win September 16 against Los Angeles ... Allowed nine homers in a four-start span August 26-September 11, going 1-2 in those four starts ... Set a career-high with 10 hits allowed August 15 at Oakland and August 20 at Los Angeles ... Appeared in eight games for the Triple-A Round Rock, including a 2-1 mark with a 3.92 ERA (20.2IP, 9ER) in five starts for the Express ... During his rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock on May 9, re-aggravated the groin injury on his final pitch ... Made one appearance for Double-A Frisco on May 4, working 4.0 innings in his first appearance of the season.
Hunter joined the Rangers on June 5 and went 13-4 witha 3.73 ERA (53 ER/128.0 IP) over 23 games/22 starts ... his career-high 13 victories marked the highest single-season win totalin 22-starts-or-less in club history, most by any major leaguepitcher in those circumstances since 2002 ... was in the running fora season-opening rotation spot before straining a left oblique musclein the middle of spring training ... began the season on the disabledlist and made 6 Triple-A starts after being activated in lateApril ... despite time missed, ranked among Texas staff leaders inquality starts (3rd, 13), starts (T3rd), and innings (4th).
Hunter was a regular member of the Rangers' rotation over the final 3+ monthsof the season following his recall from Oklahoma City (AAA) on June 28...had the 2ndhighestwinning percentage on the staff (.600), ranked 3rd in wins (9), and placed 4thin starts (19) and innings (112.0)...issued just 2.65 walks per 9 innings, the best ratioof any Texas starter...held right-handed batters to a .228 batting average (49-215), 7thlowestin A.L., and opponents at home to a .226 mark (53-235), 9th-best in A.L. (bothamong pitchers with at least 100.0 IP)...that .226 opponents average in Arlington wasthe lowest single-season figure ever by a pitcher with at least 10 starts at RangersBallpark.
After beginning the year at the High-Alevel, Hunter advanced through the organization'stop 3 levels and made 3 big league startsfor the Rangers in August...combined to go 13-8with a 3.41 ERA (62 ER/163.2 IP) in 25games/starts for Bakersfield (High-A), Frisco(AA), and Oklahoma (AAA)...had just 34 walksagainst 106 strikeouts in those outings...pitched at least 50.0 innings at each of those 3 levels, as opposing minor league hitters batteda combined .270 (170-629) for the year...his 13 wins tied Derek Holland for most by any pitcher in the Rangers organization forthe year, majors or minors...his 3.41 ERA ranked 7th in the farm system...averaged nearly 6.2 innings-per-start, 5.83 strikeouts-per-9 innings, and just 1.87 walks-per-9 innings...tossed at least 6.0 innings in 19 of 25 minor league starts, including 17 qualitystarts...entering the season, his professional experience consisted of 10 relief outings with short-season Spokane in 2007...was ratedthe 15th-best prospect in the Rangers system entering the 2008 campaign by Baseball America...participated in the club's pitchingcamp in January 2009 at Rangers Ballpark.
Selected with the Rangers'5th pick of the draft (54th overall) in the supplemental first round as compensationfor losing free agent Mark DeRosa...made his pro debut withSpokane...took loss in allowing 2 earned runs in first pro appearance onAug. 5 vs. Salem-Keizer...allowed just 3 earned runs over his final 9appearances, going 2-2, 1.67 in 16.2 innings...tossed 16.0 inningsbefore allowing his first/only walk of the season in his next-to-lastappearance...rated the no. 7 prospect in the Northwest League byBaseball America after the season...rated by same publication as 121stbestprospect in 2007 draft.