San Diego Padres Sign Can-Am League's Batting Leader

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San Diego Padres Sign Can-Am League's Batting Leader

The Can-Am League announced on Thursday that the league's leading hitter, Bridger Hunt, has signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres.

This will be Hunt's second time in affiliated ball. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft out of the University of Central Missouri.

Hunt spent five years in the Dodgers organization, but never advanced past High-A ball. His best professional season was in 2007 when he batted .296 in 113 games, drove in 48 runs and stole 16 bases, splitting time between the Great Lakes Loons and the Inland Empire 66ers.

A career .285 hitter with the Dodgers, Hunt began his independent league career with the Long Island Ducks in 2010. Originally a shortstop, he has become a jack of all trades.

Over the last three years, Hunt has played for seven independent league teams in three different leagues and played every position except catcher.

Hunt's versatility has highlighted his athletic ability as a player.

Since joining the independent leagues, Hunt and his statistics haven't been exactly MLB calibre, as he has never hit more than two home runs in a season or batted above .286 before this season.

Playing for the Can-Am's Newark Bears, Hunt led the Bears in hits (107) and doubles (21) while he has surpassed career highs in home runs (four), RBI (36) and leads the Can-Am League with a .402 average—.072 higher than the next -closest hitter in the league.

Hunt will join the Lake Elsinore Storm in the Class-A Advanced California League, according to a Bears' press release.

At age 28, Hunt still has plenty of time to parlay this opportunity into something more. In his first game with the Storm, Hunt went 0-2.

 

Statistics courtesy Baseball Reference and MiLB.com

Devon can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow the GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. 

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