Married Alexis Cozombolidis on Nov. 26, 2016. Graduated from Arlington High School (TX). Played ball at Texarkana Junior College then moved on to the University of Texas-Arlington after Don Werner, a minor-league coach whose son played with Hunter convinced the coach at UTA to give Pence a shot. In his sophomore year, he hit .400 toward the end of the season, did the same in a summer league and was told, for the first time, that he might just have a future in baseball. In 2004, the Astros didn't have a first-round pick, but they selected Pence in the next round, taking other teams by surprise. Attended the University of Texas-Arlington, where he majored in finance. He works just as hard on his mind as on his body. He reads books on psychology, philosophy and spirituality. Big fan of video games -- says it helps him in baseball. His closest friends are guys he played baseball with in high school and who now run the Hunter Pence Baseball Academy in Houston. Involved with the following organizations: Big League Impact, Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House, Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, Take Me Out to the Ballgame Ticket Donation Program, Until There's A Cure Foundation and The Garden at AT&T Park.
Started 120 games in right fi eld, hitting .260 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI...His 27 infield hits were the fourth-most in the National League...Had the sixth-lowest OPS among National League players at .701...Was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 15 (retroactive to May 13) with a left hamstring strain...returned from his rehab assignment and was reinstated from the DL on June 4...Hit his fi rst career pinch-hit home run on June 18 at Colorado, hitting a two-run homer off LHP Jake McGee to give the Giants a 4-3 lead in the 9th inning.
Hit .289 (114-for-395) with 23 doubles, 13 home runs and 57 RBI in 106 games. Was named NL Player of the Week for April 25- May 1 after hitting .421 (8-for-19) with two home runs and 10 RBI. Hit his 200th career home run off Patrick Corbin on May 14 at Chase Field and became the first player since Marquis Grissom in 2003 to hit career home run #200 in a Giants uniform. Was out of the starting lineup for six games from May 21-27 with a mild hamstring strain. Recorded his 10th career walk-off hit on May 23 vs. SD, delivering a game-winning pinch-hit double in the ninth inning to give the Giants a 1-0 win. Missed 48 games with a right hamstring strain (June 2-July 30). Underwent surgery on his right hamstring on June 9 to remove the torn tendon…the procedure was performed by Dr. Dan Cooper in Dallas, Texas…Cooper is the head team physician for the Dallas Cowboys. Went 31-for-91 (.341) with three home runs and 12 RBI over his final 24 games of the season.
Was baseball's iron man entering the 2015 campaign, however was placed on the disabled list on three separate occasions throughout the year missing a total of 110 games due to injuries....Hit .275 (57-for-207) with 13 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 40 RBI in just 52 games, the fewest of his career....The Giants went 35-17 (.673) in games he started, compared to a 49-61 (.445) record when he was not in the starting lineup....Began the 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list...missed the first 36 games of the season with a fractured left forearm that he suffered in the Giants' third spring training game on March 5 after getting hit by an inside fastball from Cubs' RHP Corey Black....Had his 383 consecutive games streak end with him beginning the season on the disabled list...his streak marked the thirdlongest in Giants franchise history, behind Bill Terry (468, 1930-1933) and George Burns (459, 1915-1917)...his consecutive games streak started on Aug. 1, 2012 (his first game in a Giants uniform)....Was activated from the DL May 16 and hit .282 with seven extra base hits and 13 RBI in his next 18 games....Was out of the Giants' lineup for nine days (beginning June 3) before the team put him on the 15-day DL on June 12 because of tendinitis in his left wrist…suffered the injury while making a diving catch on the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen on June 1... was activated from the 15-day disabled list July 7 after having missed 30 games...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list again Aug. 20 (retroactive to Aug. 18) with a moderate oblique strain, an injury suffered on his final at-bat Aug. 17 at St. Louis...he did not appear in another game the rest of the season.
The 2014 All-Star batted .277 with a career-high 106 runs scored along with 29 doubles, 10 triples, 20 home runs and 74 RBI in 162 games, completing his eighth big league season, his second full season with the Giants...Among NL leaders in runs (second), triples (tied for second), hits (third), total bases (fourth, 289) and multi-hit games (fourth)...Became the third Giants player in the last 10 seasons with 100+ runs scored (also: Barry Bonds, 129 in 2004, Aubrey Huff, 100 in 2010)...Became the first Giant to have over 700 plate appearances in a season since Brett Butler in 1990 (732)...in fact, became just the fifth Giant in SF-era history with over 700 plate appearances in a season, joining Willie Mays (706 - 1962), Bobby Bonds (3 times - 1969 - 720, 1970 - 745, 1973 - 738), Tito Fuentes (1973 - 731), and Chili Davis (1982 - 701)...Was one of four players to appear in all 162 games, joining KC's Alcides Escobar, ATL's Freddie Freeman and TB's Evan Longoria...Was the most durable player on SF's roster, starting all but one of the Giants' 162 games...played all but 23 defensive innings...Had his 331 consecutive games starts streak end on the second-to-last-day of the season (Sept. 27) to rest (ATL's Freddie Freeman now owns the longest games started streak at 168)...Pence's streak began Sept. 25, 2012 and had been the longest active streak in the bigs...Has still appeared in 383 consecutive games, the third longest streak in franchise history, behind Bill Terry (468, 1930-1933) and George Burns (459, 1915-1917)...his consecutive games streak started on Aug. 1, 2012 (his first game in a Giants uniform)...Only one other player in the last 45 years has started 300+ consecutive games in right field...Jeff Francoeur started 370 in a row for the Braves from 2005 to 2008...Since he joined SF, the only two Giants other than Pence to start in right field were Francisco Peguero on Sept. 23, 2012 against San Diego and Juan Perez on Sept. 27, 2014 versus San Diego...Not only did Pence play in every game, but he was also one of the most versatile Giants when it came to where he hit in the lineup...his versatility allowed him to fill and produce from the first, second, third and fifth spots in the lineup...Batted .351 (40-for-114) with RISP (3rd-highest in NL) and paced the Majors with a .404 clip (19-for-47) with RISP and two outs...Really struggled over his final 15 games, going 4-for-54 (.074) with two RBI and ended the season with one hit in his last 28 ABs...Hit just .165 (15-for-91) in Sept., the fourth-lowest clip among qualifying NL players.
Posted one of the best seasons of his career in his first full season with San Francisco, hitting .283 (178-for-629) with 35 doubles, 27 HRs, 99 RBI and 22 stolen bases. Won the 2013 "Willie Mac" Award, given to the team's most inspirational player, as voted by players, coaches,trainers, fans and Willie McCovey.Became the seventh Giant to hit at least 20 HRs and steal 20 bases in a season and the first since Barry Bonds in 1998 (the others: Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, Jeffrey Leonard, Glenallen Hill and Orlando Cepeda). Joined Los Angeles' (AL) Mike Trout as the only players in the Majors to hit 20-plus home runs, steal 20-plus bases and record 90-plus RBI. In fact, the only players in SF-era history to accomplish the feat of 20 HRs, 20 steals and 90 RBI are Willie Mays,
Orlando Cepeda, Bobby Bonds, Barry Bonds and now Pence. Started every one of the Giants' 162 games and became the first Giants player in the SF-era (since 1958) to start every regular season game in a season, and the first since Alvin Dark started all 154 games for the New York Giants in 1954. Also became the first Giants player since Bobby Thomson to start every game of a season in the outfield...Thomson started all 156 games in center field during the 1949 season for the New York Giants. Became the first NL player to start all 162 games in the
field (not at DH) since Prince Fielder with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009...was also the first major league outfielder to start 162 games since Jeff Francoeur with the Atlanta Braves in 2007. Has started 171-consecutive games, which is the longest streak in the National League and the second-longest in the Majors behind TEX's Prince Fielder, who has started 505 consecutive contests. His 27 home runs were a career high and the most in a single season by a Giant since Barry Bonds in 2007 (28). Was one of five players selected by Manager Bruce Bochy to be on the final ballot for the All-Star Game...joined the Dodgers Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez, Nationals' Ian Desmond and Atlanta's Freddie Freeman...however, lost out to Freeman. His 54 multi-hit games were the third-most in the National League. His 51 RBI following the break were the second-most in the Majors (Alfonso Soriano, 52). Recorded his 1,000th career hit on April 9 with a single in the 6th inning off RHP Matt Belisle. Hit a two-out, two-strike, solo home run off CHC's RHPShawn Camp in the 9th inning that tied a game at 7-7 on April 14 at Wrigley Field in SF's 10-7, 10-inning win...that game-tying home run with two outs in the 9th was the latest into a game that he's hit a game-tying home run (ESPN Stats & Info). Became the first Giant since Barry Bonds to hit a gametying, two-out home run in the 9th inning or later, when down to the last strike...Bonds accomplished this feat on May 24, 1998 at St. Louis, hitting a two-run, two-out homer. Made a sliding catch with two outs in the 8th inning on July 13 at San Diego to preserve RHP Tim Lincecum's nohitter. Matched his career-high with five hits on July 24 against the Reds. Batted leadoff for the Giants on August 7 vs. Milwaukee…it marked the first time he started in the leadoff slot in the batting order since July 11, 2008 with Houston. Started the season a perfect 17-for-17 in stolen base attempts, the third-most consecutive stolen bases by a Giants player in a season without a caught stealing since
1974 ...only Stan Javier (22 steals in 1997) and Glenallen Hill (21 steals in 1995) had more...Pence's streak ended on August 8 vs. Milwaukee as he was caught trying to steal 2nd base on a botched hit and run play (Kieschnick at the plate). Hit the longest home run of his career on Aug. 27 at Colorado, hitting a 476-foot two-run shot to left-field off RHP Chad Bettis...marked the second-longest homer in the Majors during 2013 (ATL's Evan Gattis, 486 feet). Recorded a career high seven RBI on Sept. 14 at Los Angeles in SF's 19-3 win...all of Pence's seven RBI
were recorded in the first 5.0 innings and according to Elias, he is only the third Giants player since 1958 to drive in seven runs by the end of the 5th...Jeff Kent drove in seven in the first 4.0 innings against Cincinnati on July 24, 1998, and Jim Ray Hart had seven in the first 5.0 frames July 8, 1970 at Atlanta. During SF's four game series against the Dodgers from Sept. 12-15, he hit .471 (8-for-17) with five HRs and 12 RBI...became the first Giants player since Willie Mays in 1965 to homer in every game of a fourgame series against the Dodgers...his 12 RBI tied Dick Dietz for the most in a single series by a Giants player in SF-era history (since 1958). Was named the NL Player of the Week for Sept. 9-15 after hitting .448 (13-for-29) with one double, six home runs and 19 RBI...marked the third time in his career that he won this award, also winning it in 2010 (Aug. 30-Sept. 5) and 2007 (May 14-20). Recorded his ninth career walk-off hit and first as a Giant on Sept. 29 vs. San Diego with a single off RHP Huston Street. Was named the NL Player of the Month for Sept. as his 11 homers were tied for the most in the league and his 32 RBI topped all NL players...also ranked second with a .667 slugging pct. and 23 runs scored...also won this monthly award once in his career, back in May 2007 when he played for Houston (named Rookie of the Month). Signed a five year contract extension through 2018 with the Giants on the final day of the season.
Was a trade deadline acquisition for the Giants to help bolster the offense...hit .219 (48-for-219) with 28 runs, 11 2Bs, two 3Bs, seven HRs and 45 RBI in 59 games for SF...Was acquired by the Giants from the Phillies on July 31 inexchange for OF Nate Schierholtz, minor league C Tommy Joseph and minor league RHP Seth Rosin...Batted .271 with 17 HRs and 59 RBI in 101 games for Philadelphia...At the time of the trade was leading the Phillies in hits (108), HRs (17), RBI (59), runs (59) and BBs (37)...Overall, between Philadelphia and San Francisco he hit .253 (156-for-617) with 87 runs, 26 2Bs, 24 HRs and 104 RBI in 160 games, tied for the third-most games played in the NL...Posted the first 100+ RBI season of his career and ranked fifth in the NL in runs batted in...His 45 RBI since joining SF were the most on the club and fourth-most in the NL (since Aug. 1)...His 32 go-ahead RBI were the second-most in the NL...Since the All-Star break hit just .213 (59-for-277), the eighth-lowest clip among all big league players...Recorded his second multi-homer game of the season and his third career walk-off home run on May 15 vs. Houston, hitting the game-winner off of Bret Myers in the bottom of the 10th inning...Hit his first home run in a Giants uniform on Aug. 12 vs.Colorado off of RHP Rafael Betancourt...with the game tied at 6-6 in the 8th inning and two men on base, Pence crushed a 0-1 pitch into left-center field to give the Giants a 9-6 lead...Hit his third career grand slam (first with Giants) on Sept. 14 at Arizona, hitting it off of LHP Tyler Skaggs to extend SF's lead to 5-0 in the 3rd inning.POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS...In his second career taste of the postseason he batted .210 (13-for-62) with one home run and four RBI in 16 games...Lit a fire under the Giants with a pre-game speech before Game 3 of the Division Series at Cincinnati that ignited a comeback that will go down as one of the best in baseball history.
Named to his 2nd career NL All-Star team; went 1-for-2and threw a runner out at home plate...Was T-1st in the NL in multi-hit games (57), 4th in AVG(.314), hits (190), RISP AVG (.339) & AB (606), T-4th indoubles (38), 5th in AVG vs RHP (.313), T-5th in singles(125) & game-winning RBI (16), 7th in total bases (304) × on base (247), T-8th in RBI (97) and 10th in OBP(.370)...Led all NL right fielders in AVG (.315) & hits, T-1st in RBI,finished 2nd in total bases and T-2nd in doubles...Set career highs in RBI and doubles...Began the season with HOU...Had a career-best 23-game hitting streak, 5/19-6/13(.406, 39-96, 4 HR, 19 RBI), which was tied for the4th-longest streak in the NL; the hitting streak beganwith 6 consecutive multi-hit games, 5/19-24 (.444, 12-27,HR, 6 RBI)...Slugged his 100th HR, 5/31 at CHI...Was traded to PHI on 7/29...After coming to the Phillies, led the team in AVG (.324),OBP (.394), SLG % (.560), hits (67), doubles (12), XBH (25),total bases (116) & walks (26) and was 2nd in HR (11) &RBI (35)...Hit safely in 44 of his 54 games with the Phillies (81.5%);began his Phillies career with an 8-game hitting streak(.382, 13-34, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI)...Started 48 straight games for the Phillies after beingacquired from HOU...Collected his 800th hit, 8/30 at CIN (HR)...Hit his 150th double, 9/1 at CIN...Got his 400th RBI, 9/8 at MIL...Missed 4 straight starts due to patellar tendinitis in hisleft knee, 9/20-24...Fell a double shy of hitting for the cycle, 9/25 at NYM...Had 19 hits in his final 46 at-bats vs LHP (.413), raisinghis season AVG from .272 to .317...Had surgery for a sports hernia, 10/11 (Dr. WilliamMeyers).
Hit .282 (173x614) with 25 home runs and 91 RBI en route to being named the Astros 2010 Team MVP...set career highs in runs scored (93), hits, RBI and stolen bases (18) and matched his career high in home runs...his nine outfield assists ranked tied for sixth in the NL...led the club in RBI and multi-hit games (49)...finished second in the NL in infield hits (31)...among NL playersafter the All-Star Break, finished tied for third in hits (88), tied for eighth in runs scored (46) and tied for ninth in RBI (51)...reachedbase safely in 31 straight games at MMP from June 22-Sept. 10, the longest such streak by an Astro since Lance Berkman reachedbase in a franchise-record 44 straight home games from April 22-July 28, 2004...named NL Player of the Week for Aug. 30-Sept. 5after hitting .500 (11x22) with two home runs and nine RBI in six games...recorded his sixth career multi-homer game on Aug. 17vs. NYM, giving him 46 and 47 career homers at Minute Maid Park, moving him past Richard Hidalgo and into sixth place on theall-time list...had a season-high, 14-game hitting streak from July 23-Aug. 8, during which he hit .369 (24x65) with two homers and14 RBI...accounted for one of the Astros walk-off wins in 2010 on May 9 vs. SD by connecting for an RBI double in the bottom ofthe 11th inning...marked his fourth career walk-off hit and his first since July 18, 2008 vs. CHC...was hitting .210 for the season onMay 6...hit .310 (129x416) over the next four months thru Sept. 5 (105 games)...ranked second in the Grapefruit League in SpringTraining with 18 RBI, while hitting .373.
Hit .282 with career-highs in hits (165), stolen bases (14), walks (58) and games (159)...tied his career high in homers setin 2008 with 25...is the only right fielder in franchise history to record consecutive 25+ homer seasons while playing theposition...led all Major League outfielders in assists with 16...marked the second consecutive season for him to lead theNL in outfield assists, also tied with Matt Kemp for first in 2008 with 16...the Astros were the only NL club in 2009 to havethree outfielders ranked in the top 11 in the NL in assists, also Michael Bourn (T-5th, 11) and Carlos Lee (T-11th, 9)...his 16outfield assists in 2009 were tied for the third most by an Astro in a single season...hit safely in 110 of his 159 games in 2009and reached base safely via walk or hit in 126 of those 159 games...ranked third on the team in slugging percentage (.472),trailing only Lance Berkman (.509) and Carlos Lee (.489)...was also third in on-base percentage (.346)...finished the seasonhitting .296 (37x125) with eight doubles, six homers and 15 RBI in his last 35 games of 2009...selected to an All-Star team forthe first time in his career via the player vote...became the 12th Astro outfielder to represent the club on an All-Star team...posted a .298 (95x319) avg. with 11 homers and 37 RBI before the break...recorded a career-high three walks on July 31 atSTL...increased his walk total from 40 in 2008 to 58 in 2009 and lowered his number of strikeouts from 124 in 2008 to 109in 2009...grounded into a double play a career-high 25 times, second on the club behind only Miguel Tejada (29) and tiedfor the third-most in the NL...ranked third in the NL with a .388 batting avg. in May...hit safely in 22 of 27 games inMay, raising his avg from .282 to .341...was 14-for-25 in stolen base attempts.
Hit .269 (160x595) with 25 homers and 83 RBI in 157 games...tied with LA's Matt Kemp for the National League lead inoutfield assists with 16...16 outfield assists are tied for the third-highest in club history in a single season with Jose Cruz, 1980;Billy Hatcher, 1987; and Derek Bell, 1996...ranked second in the National League and fourth in the Majors with 37 infield hits,trailing only Colorado's Willy Taveras (38) for the NL lead...the Astros went 37-18 when he drove in at least one run and 18-2when he drove in two-or-more runs...the club is 27-11 all-time when he homers, including a 15-7 record in 2008...tied for secondin the NL and third in the Majors with 16 game-winning RBI...tied for seventh in Astros history for game-winning RBI in a singleseason...recorded his fourth career multi-home run game and third in 2008 on Sept. 17 at FLA (also, May 2 vs. MIL and May 23vs. PHI)...hit .346 in May with six home runs and 21 RBI...went 5x5 on May 27, marking a career-high in hits in a single game...recorded his second career grand slam on May 20 vs. CHI off Ryan Dempster...hit a game-winning, two-run, walk-off homer onMay 4 vs. MIL in the 12th inning...his first eight home runs of the season were all hit at Minute Maid Park...hit .359 (23x64) withthree homers, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored during a career-long 16 game hit streak from April 30-May 18...started in right field onMarch 31 at SD, his first career Opening Day start.
In his first season in the Majors, he hit .322 (147x456) with 69 RBI, 30 doubles, nine triples and 17 home runs in 108 games...he also stole 11 bases and scored 57 runs...is the fourth Houston rookie to amass double-digit totals in home runs (17) and stolen bases (11)... his 17 home runs in 2007 were the 3rd-highest rookie total in club history...his 246 total bases are the most for an Astro rookie since Joe Morgan's 251 in 1965...led the NL in hitting at the All-Star Break (.342)...is the only rookie to lead either league in hitting at the Break since 1957, when classifications for rookies were established (Elias Sports Bureau)...set franchise rookie records in extra-base hits (56) and doubles (30)...both rookie records were previously held by Lance Berkman (2000) and Luis Gonzalez (1991)...69 RBI ranked tied for second among all Astros rookies, 13 behind first-place Jeff Bagwell (1991)...his .539 slugging percentage and .322 batting average ranks first among Houston rookies all-time...hit his 17th home run on Sept. 26...homered in consecutive games from Sept. 25-26...ranked among NL rookie leaders in: hitting (5th-.322), home runs (T6th-17), RBI (4th-69), hits (2nd-147), doubles (2nd-30), runs (5th-57), slugging (3rd-.539), multi-hit games (3rd-46) and on-base percentage (6th-.360)...led all MLB rookies in triples (9)...had four four-hit games (May 16 vs. SF, June 3 vs. STL, June 24 at TEX, July 1 vs. COL)...started 95 games in center field and 13 in right field...scratched from the lineup on Sept. 20 (strained upper back)...suffered the injury on Sept. 19 in the ninth inning after colliding with the right field wall at Minute Maid Park...remained in the game and hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning vs. MIL...hit .368 in 14 games as a leadoff hitter (21x57)...went 2x4 with two home runs and a career-high five RBI on Aug. 31 at CHI, his first career multi-home run game...missed 27 games from July 23-Aug. 21 with a right wrist capsular sprain with a small chip fracture...before being placed on the Disabled List, he led all MLB rookies in extra-base hits, doubles, triples, and total 2008 Houston Astros media guide 1372008 ASTROSbases...also led all NL rookies in hits, RBI, and multi-hit games (31) while ranking second in hitting and slugging...hit his first career walk-off home run in the 13th inning on July 3 vs. PHI (3x6)...posted a season-long, nine-game hitting streak from July 1-13 in which he hit .391 (18x46)...homered in three consecutive games from July 2-4, tying the club rookie record...named NL Rookie of the Month for May (.343, 19 RBI, 16 extra-base hits, four HR, club-rookie record 37 hits) and NL Co-Player of the Week from May 14-20...had hits in seven consecutive at-bats from May 15-16, one shy of the club record...hit his first career home run, a grand slam on May 5 at STL...became the 14th player since 2000 to hit a grand slam for his first MLB home run...1x3 on April 28 in his Major League debut...hit by a pitch (Bush) in the fifth inning...recorded his first big league hit and scored his first run in the sixth inning...has hit safely in 86 of his 108 ML games...contract was purchased from Triple A Round Rock on April 27...hit .341 (29x85) with three home runs, 10 doubles and 19 RBI in 22 games for the Express...his 10 doubles ranked tied for second in the PCL when he was called up...also ranked tied for second in the league with 14 extra-base hits...hit safely in eight of his last nine games with the Express, including five multi-hit games in that span.
Hit .283 with 28 home runs and 17 stolen bases in his firstfull season at Double A Corpus Christi...led the Hooks in homeruns, RBI (95) and runs (97)...finished second on the team with 17 stolen bases (21 attempts)...represented the Hooks at the FuturesGame in Pittsburgh and the TL All-Star Game...ranked among the TL leaders in several offensive categories, including triples (8-2nd),total bases (2nd-279), slugging (4th-.533), runs (3rd-97), RBI (5th-95), and extra-base hits (3rd-67)...batted .354 in April (35x99)...namedTL Player of the Week for the week of May 8-14...hit safely in five of six games during the week, while smashing five home runs with 11RBI...hit two home runs on May 10 at Arkansas...led the TL with 10 home runs in May...ranked seventh among all TL players with a .387average (12x31) in the playoffs...was the TL postseason leader in RBI with nine...rated as the No. 6 prospect in the Houston organizationby Baseball America
heading into the season.
Began the season at Lexington, where he earned SAL Rookie of the Year honors, hitting .338 (102x302) with 25 home runs and 60RBI in 80 games...ranked fourth in the league in home runs...named Lexington's team MVP...earned SAL All-Star and Postseason All-Starhonors...was a two-time SAL Player of the Week, receiving the honor for the weeks of May 9-15 and May 30-June 5...promoted to ClassA Salem on July 26, where he finished the season with a .305 average, six home runs and 30 RBI...committed only one error in 109 totalgames played as an outfielder.
Hit .296 with eight home runs and 37 RBI in his first pro season at Class A Tri-City...led Tri-City andranked second in the New York-Penn League with a .518 slugging percentage...finished fourth in the league in extra-base hits (27) andfifth in doubles (18)...named Tri-City Defensive Player of the Month in August.