Last season Hunton served not only as the team’s closer, but also worked under manager Brett Jodie as his Assistant Director of Player Personnel. The promotion makes him what is believed to be the first player in professional baseball to hold the title of Director of Player Personnel while still playing.
“It’s very humbling to me to have an organization like the Somerset Patriots show their trust and faith in what I do with helping build and maintain a great team on and off the field. I know that being named Director of Player Personnel alone is something to be very excited about, but to be given the title and to still be currently playing, myself makes it so much more thrilling and appreciated,” Hunton said.
Hunton set a Somerset Patriots record for saves as the team’s closer with 37 during the 2013 season. He finished with a 3-6 record, a 3.00 ERA, and 37 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched in 57 games played.
Hunton was named an Atlantic League All-Star and the Reliever Of The Year for the 2013 season.
The North Plainfield, New Jersey native has experience in the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s organizations, including a season at both the Double-A and Triple-A level.
Hunton joined Somerset late during the team’s championship run in 2008 and appeared in eight games. After his time with the Patriots, Hunton signed with the A’s, where he spent the next two seasons.
He also has time in the Atlantic League during the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Long Island Ducks.
Hunton has a minor league career 40-34 record, a 3.30 ERA, 120 saves, and 502 strikeouts in 537.2 innings pitched in 454 games, all in relief.
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