Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Brian Hunter

Brian Hunter was signed in 1989 by Houston in the 2nd round of the amateur draft. He played several seasons in the minors, including stints with the Gulf Coast League Astros, Asheville Tourists, Osceola Astros, Jackson Generals, and finally Tucson Toros in 1994. During the '94 season he was bumped up to the majors and would remail in Houston through 1996. On December 10, 1996 he was traded with Doug Brocail, Todd Jones, and Orlando Miller to the Detroit Tigers for Brad Ausmus, Jose Lima, Trever Miller, C.J. Nitkowski and Daryle Ward.

While he was with Detroit he led the American League with 74 stolen bases (1997).

He also had somewhat brief stints with the Mariners (where he again let the AL in stolen bases, this time in '99), Rockies, Reds, and Phillies from 1999-2001. But, by 2002 he would return to Houston for two more seasons.

1 comment:

  1. Ugggghhhh....thanks for reminding me of the Randy Smith era in Detroit (I am a Tiger fan). How many of these pointless trades were made with the Astros under his watch.

    Anyway, I was commenting because I have a blog ( where I complete a Topps set and get cards from any other sets of players who weren't in the Topps set and create a checklist. I posted a checklist of the 1982 Astros today.

    Do you know of any interesting regional Astros sets that could help fill in the blanks?