NEWARK, NJ – Shortstop Bridger Hunt had already picked up Hitter of the Week and Hitter of the Month awards this year, but on Tuesday he earned yet another honor. The San Diego Padres purchased Hunt’s contract from the Newark Bears, making him the second Bear this year to be acquired by a major league organization. Hunt is set to join the Lake Elsinore Storm in the Class A Advanced California League.
Hunt had a remarkable season at the plate. He led the Can-Am League with a .402 batting average, 76 points higher than the closest challenger. Even more impressive, perhaps, was Hunt’s ability to put the ball in play consistently. In 266 Can-Am League at-bats in 2013, Hunt struck out only 15 times.
Hunt was among the Bears’ leaders in home runs, RBIs, and stolen bases. In his 69 games this season, he collected 107 hits, 54 runs, 21 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 36 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. Hunt was the Rawlings Hitter of the Month in June and was also a two-time Pointstreak Hitter of the Week award recipient.
This will be Hunt’s second time in affiliated baseball. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 9th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft from the University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg, MO). Hunt began his career with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Dodgers and reached High-A before spending the next four seasons with independent league teams, including the Long Island Ducks, Rockland Boulders, Grand Prairie AirHogs, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, Lancaster Barnstormers, Kansas City T-Bones, and Newark Bears.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
By Dennis Mark
Copyright by the Newark Bears. Information from the Can-Am League was used in this article.
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