Tommy Hunter
Tommy Hunter
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Out
Injury Forearm
Est. Return 2/14/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hunter put together a respectable 2018 campaign, though he didn't quite live up to expectations after the Phillies signed him to a two-year, $18 million contract last offseason. His ERA rose by over a run to 3.80 after sitting at 2.61 with the Rays the season before. The 28.1% strikeout rate Hunter posted in 2017 now looks like an obvious outlier, as he struck out just 18.9% of batters in 2018, right in line with the rates he posted in his four previous seasons. Despite the mediocre results, the 32-year-old was used in high-leverage situations by the Phillies and wound up fourth on the team with four saves. He should find himself in a similar role this season and could pick up another handful of saves, but Hunter's skills aren't good enough to make him a particularly appealing fantasy option unless he unexpectedly winds up in a full-time closing role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $18 million contract with the Phillies in December of 2017.
Undergoes surgery
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
Forearm
July 23, 2019
Hunter underwent surgery on his right flexor tendon Tuesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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Hunter was sent to the shelf July 14 due to a right forearm strain, and it was later determined that he needed surgery to repair his flexor tendon. His UCL was looked at during the procedure, and it was determined that it did not need to be surgically repaired. Skipper Gabe Kapler confirmed that Hunter will miss the remainder of the 2019 campaign after going under the knife, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
14
Last 10 Games
14
Last 5 Games
14
How many pitches does Tommy Hunter generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
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101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Tommy Hunter generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-100%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .202 242 57 20 44 15 2 4
Since 2017vs Right .251 274 63 9 66 13 2 8
2019vs Left .000 7 2 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right .182 11 3 0 2 0 0 0
2018vs Left .236 139 28 12 29 12 1 3
2018vs Right .283 131 23 3 36 8 2 3
2017vs Left .170 96 27 8 15 3 1 1
2017vs Right .224 132 37 6 28 5 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-5%
ERA at Home
2019
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2018
 
 
-7%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-32%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.02 1.16 62.2 6 4 3 9.3 2.3 0.7
Since 2017Away 3.17 1.01 65.1 2 5 2 7.6 1.8 1.0
2019Home 0.00 0.00 1.0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2019Away 0.00 0.46 4.1 0 0 0 10.4 0.0 0.0
2018Home 3.94 1.25 32.0 3 2 3 8.4 2.0 0.6
2018Away 3.66 1.25 32.0 2 2 1 5.9 2.3 1.1
2017Home 2.12 1.11 29.2 3 2 0 10.6 2.7 0.9
2017Away 3.10 0.83 29.0 0 3 1 9.0 1.6 0.9
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Stat Review
How does Tommy Hunter compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
0.00
 
K/9
8.4
 
BB/9
0.0
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
94.1 mph
 
ERA
0.00
 
WHIP
0.38
 
BABIP
.166
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
100.0%
 
Exit Velocity
85.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2732 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.0%
 
Swinging Strike
9.7%
 
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July 1, 2018
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April 4, 2018
Jason Collette compares pitchers' Opening Day velocites to last season. Who improved, who regressed? Should fantasy owners be concerned about Robbie Ray or make a play for the Arizona hurler?
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March 25, 2018
Jan Levine looks at some intriguing roster possibilities in the National League as Opening Day approaches, including Chicago's Albert Almora, who should still see plenty of at-bats off the bench.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Coming off a rough couple years, Hunter joined the Rays on a spring invite and impressed, making the club as a setup reliever. Hunter has always had plus velocity, but never missed the bats associated with a flamethrower. Last season, the 31-year-old right-hander threw his 96-mph fastball considerably less, adding a cutter with great results, especially against lefty swingers. Already known for being stingy with walks, Hunter’s career-best 11.5 percent swinging-strike rate fueled a 28.1 percent strikeout clip, well above his career 15.9 percent mark. The new arsenal induced batters to chase more and also resulted in a drop in homers. As hinted, the results versus left-handers were staggering, as Hunter held them to a .501 OPS, compared to .715 and .754 the previous two campaigns. Relievers are subject to sample size fluctuations, and Hunter has an injury history, including missing time with calf woes last summer, but if his cutter continues to be a wipeout pitch, more work in high-leverage situations is likely.
The Cubs picked up Hunter for the stretch run last year, but the Hunter they got didn't look like the same version that turned into a decent setup man in Baltimore the last few seasons. In just 15.2 innings after the move to Chicago, he gave up 20 hits - including four home runs. His 19-game stint with the Cubs included a .354 BABIP while his BABIP during his career in Baltimore was well under .300, and he had a 15:3 K:BB in Chicago, so perhaps he deserved a better fate. Now a free agent, Hunter shouldn't have any problems finding work, especially if he keeps his K/BB at strong levels.
The Orioles had two of most predictable cases of 2014. You didn’t need hindsight to see Ubaldo Jimenez folding in the rotation, or to see Hunter losing the closer’s job in short order. Zach Britton had the role by late May, as Hunter amassed a 6.06 ERA in the first two months of the season. Hunter has routinely been thrashed by lefties and allowed too many homers. The first two months of 2014 were no different, but he added ineffectiveness against righties to the mix. To his credit, he completely turned his season around once he was removed from the ninth inning, posting a 1.83 ERA in his final 41 appearances as he dominated both lefties and righties while allowing just one home run. Of course, if he isn’t offering saves with that hot ERA then he doesn’t have much fantasy value. Even with a mid-to-high-90s heater, he just doesn’t miss enough bats to be a fantasy option; even as a seventh or eighth-inning guy.
Hunter seems to have found his niche as a setup man for the Orioles and he is the odds on favorite to close in 2014 after the team traded Jim Johnson to the Athletics. All of Hunter's advanced stats spiked in 2013 (7.1 K/9, 1.5 BB/9, 1.2 HR/9) following an awful 2012 (5.2 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 2.2 HR/9). All of his pitches also saw spikes in velocity when comparing his previous two seasons, as Hunter threw three-to-four mph harder in 2013. The current weakness here is Hunter's struggles against left-handed batters, who hit .294/.322/.535 with 11 homers against him last season while righties hit just .140/.190/.154 (no homers). If he can remedy those issues by adding a new pitch, Hunter might take another significant step forward. Surprisingly, the Orioles had previously said Hunter would compete for a rotation spot, but those plans have probably changed.
Hunter's downfall in 2012 was his susceptibility to the long ball. He gave up 32 home runs in just 133.2 innings, was ousted from the rotation and had two brief stints in the minors. Hunter returned as a reliever in September and allowed just one run in 12 appearances, including the playoffs. Hunter's velocity spiked to the upper-90s after the move to the bullpen, but the Orioles have not committed a spot to Hunter in either the rotation or the bullpen for 2013. It would take an incredible spring training for Hunter to make the rotation, so he could be used in long relief or shuttle between Triple-A and the majors as a starter.
Hunter began the 2011 season in the Rangers bullpen, but a trade to Baltimore resulted in a return to the rotation. Nothing changed besides the uniform, as Hunter was generally rocked with the Orioles, allowing a 5.06 ERA and 11 home runs in an equal number of starts. Hunter continues to be a classic replacement level starting pitcher, albeit one who doesn't have as much experience as you would expect for someone his age thanks to a steady dose of time spent on the disabled list.
Hunter suffered an oblique injury in spring training, but found himself in the Texas rotation by early June and ended up racking up 13 wins in the process. He continued to show good control, issuing just 33 walks in 128 innings, but fanned just 68 batters. Toss out his first five starts, and you've got a pitcher hovering right around a 4.40 ERA and 1.350 WHIP which is a truer reflection of his abilities than his season as a whole. He's an adequate back-of-the-rotation starter who loses value in most formats with his lack of strikeouts.
Hunter took over for an injured Matt Harrison in the Texas rotation in June, showing good control (33 walks in 112 innings), but not many strikeouts. That profile (not missing many bats, not getting many groundballs) doesn't translate very well very often, though Hunter was one of several Rangers starters that had a better season than the underlying numbers would suggest. Throwing strikes and hoping it's caught at the warning track doesn't come recommended in one of the AL's best hitting parks, so buyer beware here.
Hunter pitched at four levels, including a brief stint with Texas, in 2008 despite being pretty hittable at all stops. His composite line in the minors (163.2 innings, 170 hits, 34 walks, 106 K) look a tad worse when you remove his numbers from High-A Bakersfield (50 K in 58.1 innings). While his control is major league ready, it doesn't look like he'll miss enough bats to be an effective starter in the majors given Texas' home park. He doesn't miss many meals either, as witnessed by his 6-3, 255-pound frame, which could be a problem down the road.
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Out with forearm strain
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
Forearm
July 14, 2019
Hunter was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right forearm strain.
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Primed for season debut
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
June 28, 2019
Hunter (elbow) was activated off the 60-day injured list Friday.
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Could return over weekend
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
Elbow
June 26, 2019
Hunter (elbow) could be activated from the injured list during this weekend's series against the Marlins, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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Advances to Double-A
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
Elbow
June 24, 2019
Hunter (elbow) will make another rehab outing with Double-A Reading Tuesday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Could return early next week
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
Elbow
June 21, 2019
Hunter (elbow) will make another rehab appearance Sunday for High-A Clearwater and could be cleared to return after that, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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