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29 Tommy Hunter RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/248 | Birthdate: 7/3/1986 | Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Baltimore | College: Alabama | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $1,820,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Orioles' Tommy Hunter surrenders two runs Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter allowed two earned runs on two hits in one inning while striking out one in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Yankees.

"Tommy's got so much, I don't know, loose energy," manager Buck Showalter said after the game, per MLB.com. "He wants to contribute so bad he kind of gets out of whack a little bit. It's hard to back him off. He'll be better. His track record says he'll go through some bumps and you'll like him when it's all said and done."

Hunter has posted a 14.73 ERA in 3 2/3 innings over his first four appearances.


Orioles' Tommy Hunter surrenders grand slam Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter surrendered a pinch-hit grand slam to Yankees infielder Stephen Drew in his team's 6-5 loss Monday.

Hunter served up a fastball on a 3-1 count with his team up 4-2 in the top of ths seventh inning.

"You don't have to throw a fastball. I chose to throw a fastball," Hunter said after the game, per MLB.com. "You locate it and different things happen. Not locate it, it was up over the plate and he put a good swing on it."

With his four earned runs allowed Monday, Hunter owns a 13.50 ERA in 2 2/3 innings over three appearances.


Orioles' Tommy Hunter adding split-finger fastball to his arsenal?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter has been working with pitching instructor Ramon Martinez on adding a split-finger fastball to his arsenal, and has been encouraged by his initial results, according to MASN Sports.

Hunter allowed a three-run home run to Kennys Vargas of the Twins on Tuesday. He pitched five innings without a hit or a run before Vargas' homer.

Hunter has been vague when asked about his new pitch.

"It's kind of like a split," Hunter said earlier in camp. "I guess you can call it a split, but people call it a changeup. Whatever you want. It's kind of like my curveball. Half the people call it a slider and half the people call it a curveball because it's harder than other people's curveballs."


Tommy Hunter open to contract extension with Orioles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter said he is open to signing a contract extension after agreeing to a one-year, $4.65 million deal Monday to avoid arbitration.

"It’s definitely something you’d like to see happen," he said, per CSNBaltimore.com. "I don’t know. If they want to do it, I’m in. My wife likes Baltimore. I love to Baltimore. It’s been good to me.

"You really can’t think about it too much. I’m going to be happy with what you have with what you have. The grass is always greener on the other side. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I’ll always see you guys around."


Orioles, Tommy Hunter avoid arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) The Orioles have avoided arbitration with reliever Tommy Hunter, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Hunter signed a one-year deal worth $4.65 million. The 28-year-old posted a 2.97 ERA over 60 2/3 innings last year. It was Hunter's final season of arbitration. He's set to become a free-agent following 2015. 


O's tender contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Orioles announced Tuesday they have tendered contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players. Those players include: Catcher Matt Wieters, infielders Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, right-handers Miguel Gonzalez, Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman and left-handers Zach Britton and Brian Matusz.

Tommy Hunter takes loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter was stuck with a loss Wednesday after surrendering two earned runs on two hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings and striking out two in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Angels.

Hunter (2-2) made it through the seventh inning without issue before surrendering hits to the first two batters of the eighth, tying the score at 2-2. Hunter intentionally walked the following batter before unintentionally walking the batter after that. He was then removed, with the next pitcher also issuing a walk to bring in a run, which was charged to Hunter. He owns a 4.11 ERA and 27:11 K:BB ratio in 35 innings.


Tommy Hunter faces one batter, earns win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter struck out the only batter he faced Wednesday to earn his second win in his team's 5-4 victory over the White Sox.

Hunter (2-1) closed out the top of the 12th inning by recording a strikeout on four pitches before his offense delivered a win on a walkoff wild pitch in the bottom half of the inning. Hunter owns a 5.18 ERA and 18:8 K:BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings.


Tommy Hunter activated from the disabled list Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Orioles closer Tommy Hunter was activated from the disabled list Sunday, according to MASN.

Hunter has been dealing with groin injury, but has been able to get through rehab assignments. Hunter posted a 6.06 ERA over 16 1/3 innings prior to the injury.


Tommy Hunter finishes rehab assignment with two K's


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter needed just nine pitches to finish his second rehab outing at Class A Delmarva Saturday, in what will likely be his last appearance before returning from a groin injury.

Hunter struck out two batters and hit one, but ended the frame with a caught stealing. He is expected to be activated from the disabled list Sunday.


Tommy Hunter will make rehab appearance Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter (groin) will start a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday for Class A Delmarva  before he is activated from the disabled list on Sunday, MASN Sports reports Thursday. 

Tommy Hunter gets some work in simulated game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter threw a simulated game prior to Thursday's contest against the Rangers, MASN Sports reports.

Hunter, who is working his way back from a groin injury, went approximately an inning on Thursday. He is expected to throw one more simulated on Saturday before he is shipped out for a minor-league rehab assignment.

Tommy Hunter may throw twice before activation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter will toss a simulated game Thursday, and that could be one of his final steps before returning from a groin injury.

After his first simulated game, Hunter will either begin a brief rehab assignment or throw another simulated game Saturday. If he goes on a rehab assignment, it would be at Class A Delmarva, and the Baltimore Sun reports he could be cleared to return from the disabled list shortly after. 


Tommy Hunter throws 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter felt great during a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, masnsports.com reports.

Hunter is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Thursday. He's on the disabled list while recovering from a groin strain.


Tommy Hunter won't come off DL when eligible


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/1/2014) Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter, who's coming back from a strained groin, won't return when he's eligible June 5 but could return June 9, reports MASNSports.com. He'll throw a bullpen session Sunday.

Tommy Hunter to throw a bullpen session Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter will throw a bullpen session Sunday, according to MASN.

Hunter is aiming to return June 5, which is the first day he would be eligible. Hunter posted a 6.06 ERA in 16 1/3 innings prior to the injury. 


Tommy Hunter could return from DL when eligible


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter threw off flat ground for the fourth day in a row Thursday, a good sign in his recovery from a groin injury.

Manager Buck Showalter told reporters Thursday he thinks Hunter might be able to return from the disabled list June 5, when he is first eligible. He will likely need to go on a rehab assignment first. 


Tommy Hunter could return toward end of road trip


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter will not be with the team on their upcoming road trip, but could begin throwing while they are gone.

Hunter will continue to rehab his strained groin while the team is out of town, and MLB.com reports he could begin working on a throwing program as well. Hunter will be eligible to return from the DL towards the end of the trip, but manager Buck Showalter confirmed he will likely need a rehab assignment first. 


Tommy Hunter: Groin problem didn't cause pitching problem


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Tommy Hunter has revealed that the groin injury that has forced him onto the disabled list didn't crop up until Wednesday, MASNSports.com has reported. That precluded the notion of the ailment causing his recent struggles on the mound for the Orioles.

"There is really no excuses for those - sorry," he said. "If that is what everyone is fishing for, sorry. I apologize."

Hunter owns a 1-1 mark and 6.06 ERA. His 11 saves are third-most in the American League despite the problems that have cost him the closer job.


Tommy Hunter sent to DL with groin ailment


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) The Orioles have placed deposed closer Tommy Hunter on the disabled list with a left groin strain, retroactive to May 21.

Hunter lost his closer job after yielding eight earned runs on 12 hits in his last 4 2/3 innings.


Zach Britton the Orioles reliever to own


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/16/2014) Those who speculated Zach Britton would take over for Tommy Hunter as Orioles closer appeared to be dead on Thursday night, when he pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first career save.

I now consider myself among them.

Darren O'Day, my horse in this race, actually entered the game in the sixth inning and pitched the seventh as well, showing precisely the versatility that most likely compelled manager Buck Showalter to look elsewhere.

And Britton could be fine. The failed starting pitcher prospect is unproven as a reliever and not much of a bat-misser, but he throws hard and is an extreme ground ball pitcher, meaning he'll at least keep the ball in the yard. So far, he's done much more than that, compiling a 0.81 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in 17 appearances.

My gut tells me it's his job until he falters, which means I'd be willing to cut Tommy Hunter for him if it came to that. Maybe he will falter and, by that point, Hunter will have redeemed himself, but given Hunter's lack of track record as a closer, it's probably not a Jim Johnson or Ernesto Frieri situation where the Orioles are looking to get him back in the role.


Zach Britton gets save chance following Tommy Hunter's demotion


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) The Orioles did not turn to Tommy Hunter to close out Thursday's game against the Royals, after manager Buck Showalter expressed concern about his recent performance. Zach Britton instead got the call, for his first career save chance.

Britton got the call with a one-run lead and quickly finished the outing. He retired the Royals in order for the save, closing out a 2-1 win.

Britton has been lights out for the Orioles out of the bullpen this season, allowing just one run in 22 1/3 innings of work. 


Examining Orioles closer candidates


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/15/2014) Nobody knows exactly who will get the next save for the Orioles, but most likely, it won't be Tommy Hunter, who has blown consecutive save opportunities and allowed eight earned runs in his last four appearances.

Though Zach Britton, with his 0.84 ERA in 16 appearances, has been mentioned as a possible replacement, Darren O'Day would be the more logical choice as a right-handed reliever accustomed to late-inning pressure. He has a 0.60 ERA in 16 appearances and a 2.06 ERA in 153 appearances since joining the Orioles in 2012.

Granted, he wasn't much of a candidate for the role this spring since moving him there would create a hole in the eighth inning, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Manager Buck Showalter knows he can trust O'Day to deliver, and trust may beat out everything else at this point.

It's reason enough to take a flier on O'Day if you own Hunter or are otherwise short on saves. 


Manager indicates dissatisfaction with closer Tommy Hunter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Buck Showalter declined to give Orioles closer Tommy Hunter a vote of confidence after the right-hander blew a 1-0 lead Tuesday night in a 4-1 loss to Detroit.

Showalter said "we'll see" when asked if Hunter would serve in that role Wednesday. He indicated that Hunter will be removed from the role when he added, "There's some unknown about where we'll go with Tommy."

Hunter has 11 saves, but has raised his ERA from 2.31 to 6.60 in his last four appearances, during which he has yielded eight runs on 10 hits in just 3 1/3 innings. He has yet to pitch a clean inning this season.

"It's been a rough couple days," he told the Baltimore Sun. "When you don't do your job, it's tough. That's what's happening."


Tommy Hunter suffers second straight blown save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Orioles closer Tommy Hunter blew a save opportunity for the second straight appearance Tuesday, giving up four earned runs on three hits, one walk and two home runs in his team's 4-1 loss to the Tigers.

Hunter (1-1) surrendered a three-run home run to Miguel Cabrera with two outs before Victor Martinez followed with a solo shot. Hunter was removed before securing the third out. He owns a 6.60 ERA and 14:5 K:BB ratio in 15 innings.