Brett T. Hunter
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 215 lb.
- School Pepperdine University
- High School Moorpark High School
Brett Hunter was a minor league pitcher.
Hunter did not play high school varsity baseball until his senior year, when he fanned 68 in 67 innings and had a 1.16 ERA. Going on to Pepperdine, he was 5-3 with 11 saves and a 2.83 ERA as a freshman. He led the West Coast Conference in saves and was named the All-WCC reliever. Collegiate Baseball named him a Freshman All-American while Baseball America named him the second-team Freshman All-American relief pitcher. Hunter then was 4-2 with a 1.53 ERA in summer ball for the Alexandria Beetles. Baseball America named him the Northwoods League's #3 prospect, 2 spots behind Jordan Zimmermann and 3 ahead of Tim Smith.
The right-hander fell to 6-5, 3.94 with two saves his sophomore year, spending more time in the rotation. He allowed a .230 average, 4th-lowest in the WCC. That summer, he played for Team USA, going 3-0 with a save and a team-best 0.66 ERA in 14 outings. He struck out 31 in 27 innings and allowed just 10 hits, though he walked 13. He tied Cody Satterwhite for the team lead in appearances. Among those he outpitched were Tyson Ross, Brian Matusz, Mike Minor and Lance Lynn. In the 2007 Pan American Games, Brett tossed 1 1/3 shutout innings for the Silver Medalist but was lucky to escape unscathed as he issued three walks and yielded two hits in that span. Hunter was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in the 2007 World Port Tournament, whiffing 12 in 6 1/3 IP for the Silver Medal winners. He tied Arley Sánchez for 4th in the event in Ks.
Injuries limited Hunter to five games as a junior; he was 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in his brief time on the hill. He tossed 6 1/3 innings for the US in the 2008 Haarlem Baseball Week, allowing one unearned run to the Dutch national team, and fanning eight in a no-decision; the US would go on to win the tournament.
Hunter fell to the 7th round of the 2008 amateur draft, presumably due to the injury concerns, before he was picked by the Oakland Athletics. After signing with scout J.T. Stotts for $1.1 million, he pitched only briefly with the AZL Athletics (1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) and Kane County Cougars (1 R in 1 2/3 IP). He was assigned to the North Shore Honu of Hawaii Winter Baseball and proceeded to go 0-1 with a save and a 5.59 ERA; he struck out an impressive 18 in 9 2/3 IP and allowed just a .118 average. He was a non-roster invitee to the A's spring training in 2009.
Brett split '09 between the AZL Athletics (0-1, 1.93), Vancouver Canadians (5 R, 10 H in 5 2/3 IP) and Kane County (0-1, 6.85, 59 BB, 55 K in 47 1/3 IP), hampered by the same control problems he had in recent years but continuing to show an impressive strikeout rate. He remained in the Athletics system through 2013 before finishing his career in 2014 in independent ball.