Daniel Edward Lamb-Hunt
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 165 lb.
- Born May 20, 1987 in Auckland New Zealand
Daniel Lamb-Hunt has played in Australia, Germany and New Zealand, winning a MVP in Germany. He also has been on the New Zealand national team.
Lamb-Hunt signed with the Atlanta Braves in 2005 but never played in the US. In 2008, he went 4 for 10 with 3 doubles, 4 runs and 3 RBI in limited action in the Claxton Shield. He was 5 for 16 with a double and a walk for Queensland in the 2009 Claxton Shield. In 2010, he hit .270/.308/.351 for Queensland, his playing time continuing to rise. He spent the summer in Germany with the Pulheim Gophers and had a superb year at .411/.500/.710 with 29 runs and 22 RBI in 28 games as a middle infielder. He was third in the northern Bundesliga-1 in average, tied Dominik Wulf for the home run lead (7), tied Evan Porter for 9th in RBI, was 3rd in hits (44), led in triples (3), tied Wulf for 4th in runs, led in times plunked (9), led in slugging (by 72 points), was second in OBP and led in OPS (by 64 points).
In the 2010-2011 Australian Baseball League, Lamb-Hunt was 3 for 22 with a double and two walks for the Brisbane Bandits. In the summer of 2011, Lamb-Hunt remained dominant for Pulheim, at .440/.542/.736 with 29 RBI and 30 runs in 28 games. He was among the northern Bundesliga-1 leaders in average (3rd, after Chris Beck and Elliot Biddle), home runs (7, tied for first with Biddle), RBI (1st), hits (40, 5th), slugging (2nd, 40 points behind Biddle) and OBP (2nd, 33 points behind Craig Pycock). He was named the league's best hitter. With Brisbane in 2011-2012, he went 3 for 21 with a home run.
When Pulheim folded, Daniel moved to the Bonn Capitals, but his batting line fell to .287/.402/.444 with 29 RBI in 30 games in 2012. He was 7 for 26 with a double, four walks and RBI for Brisbane in 2012-2013. He was with the New Zealand national team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, being one of their top hitters - .353/.389/.529 - though he had only one run and RBI in four games. He was second on the team in both average and slugging, behind Scott Campbell.
With the 2013 Capitals, Lamb-Hunt rebounded to .426/.494/.902 with 28 RBI, 18 runs and six homers in 19 games. He was 4th in average (behind Brent Buffa, Tanner Leighton and Moritz Buttgereit), led in slugging (.132 over Bradley Roper-Hubbert), was 8th in OBP, tied Buttgereit for 6th in RBI and tied Björn Schonlau for second in home runs (3 behind Roper-Hubbert). He hit .309/.402/.479 with 28 runs in 24 games for Bonn in 2014, fielding .931 between SS, 2B and 3B. He tied for 4th in home runs (3), was 5th in RBI and tied Daniel Sanchez for third in runs. He saw limited action for the 2015 Capitals (6 for 16, 2 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, BB, 2 R).
In the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers in February 2016, he was again a starter for New Zealand, but did not hit as well (0 for 9, 3 BB, 2 R). He had a big year for Bonn at .416/.505/.779 with seven homers, 23 runs and 26 RBI in 21 games, while fielding .917 at the hot corner. He was second in average (.022 behind Sanchez), first in homers (3 ahead of Roper-Hubbert and Wilson Lee), first in RBI (3 ahead of Lee), 5th in hits (32), tied for 3rd in doubles (7, behind Sanchez and Maurice Wilhelm), 4th in runs (between Eric Brenk and Wilhelm), tied for 7th in walks (13), led in slugging easily (.106 ahead of Lee), was second in OBP (.004 behind Sanchez), led in OPS (127 ahead of Lee) and led third basemen in fielding (.017 ahead of Aljoscha Heller). During '17, he hit .382/.434/.652 for Bonn with 24 runs and 30 RBI in 22 games, fielding .925 at 3B. He was on the leaderboards for average (4th, between Edvardas Matusevičius and Dustin Hughes), homers (4, tied Brehan Murphy for third), RBI (1st, one ahead of Wilhelm), hits (34, 3rd, between Matusevičius and Sanchez), doubles (10, 1st, one ahead of Sanchez), runs (3rd, after Brenk and Matusevičius), slugging (2nd, .212 behind Caleb Fenimore), OPS (3rd, behind Fenimore and Matusevičius) and 3B fielding (2nd).
With Bonn at the 2018 CEB Cup, he had three hits against the Arrows Ostrava as Bonn moved to the finals. He hit .333/.417/.571 with six runs in five games and handled 13 chances error-free. Bonn finished second to the Borgerhout Squirrels of Belgium. In the 2018 Bundesliga-1 north, he had a down-year at .288/.414/.438 while fielding .895 at third, not making any leaderboards on offense, a rare occurrence during his career. In the postseason, he batted .389/.522/.500 with ten RBI and 14 runs in ten games, as Bonn's top playoff threat on their way to their first title. He appeared in the 2018-2019 ABL as the league added a team in his Auckland hometown, the Auckland Tuatara. He was one of their top offensive performers at .282/.373/.376, leading the team in OPS by 3 points ahead of fellow New Zealand national team player Max Brown.
In 2019, he hit .409/.518/.688 with 34 runs and 32 RBI in 25 games, but fielded .855 and fell to .196/.276/.431 in the play-offs in a reversal of the prior year. In the regular Bundesliga-1 campaign, he was tied for 4th in runs, 10th in hits (38), tied for 9th in doubles (9), tied for 9th in total bases (64), 4th in average, 4th in OBP and was 9th in OPS. In the 2019-2020 ABL, he was only 1 for 17 with 5 walks, 2 runs and 2 RBI for Auckland. His defense continued to drop in '20 (.833) but he kept on hitting (.421/.593/.816, 19 R, 19 RBI in 14 G) then hit four homers in six playoff games. He was third in the regular season in runs (behind Kevin Van Meensel and Lee), 4th in home runs (4), 4th in total bases (31), 4th in RBI, tied for 6th in walks (12), was second to Brendon Dadson in OBP, was 3rd in slugging (after Dadson and Lee) and was 3rd in OPS (after Dadson and Lee). He was 4th in the postseason in dingers as well.
He hit .118/.318/.118 for Bonn in the 2021 European Champions Cup, fielding .972. He tied for 9th in the event with four walks. The '21 Bundesliga-1 north season was limited due to COVID-19 restrictions; he hit .422/.563/.953 with 7 homers, 19 runs and 23 RBI in 14 regular-season games (fielding .949) and .469/.538/.688 with 10 runs and 11 RBI in 9 postseason games. He tied for 4th in the regular season Bundesliga-1 north in runs, tied Phildrick Llewellyn for 9th in hits (19), tied for 10th in doubles (4), tied Terrell Joyce and Marco Cardoso for the home run lead, 3rd with 43 total bases (after Joyce and Cardoso), tied Llewellyn for 5th in extra-base hits, tied Jose Martinez for the most RBI, tied for 3rd in walks (12), tied for 4th in HBP (5), was 9th in average (between Vincent Ahrens and Tyler Villaroman), was 3rd in OBP (after Joe Wittig and Martinez), was 4th in slugging and was 3rd in OPS (after Martinez and Cardoso). He won Bundesliga-1 north MVP.
Lamb-Hunt batted .364/.409/.417 and fielded .975 in the 2022 European Champions Cup, tying Christian Diaz for 9th in hits (8). In the Bundesliga that year, he produced at a .333/.471/.577 clip with 27 RBI in 29 games, then hit .346/.414/.635 in the playoffs as Bonn won the title. He tied Finn Bergmann for 4th in runs (24), tied Luca Rammelmann for 8th in hits (26), was third with 8 doubles (one behind Brenk and Lee), tied for 4th with three homers, was 5th with 45 total bases (between Rammelmann and Matusevičius), tied Rammelmann for third in extra-base hits (12), was second in RBI (7 behind Lee), was 3rd in slugging for those with 100+ PA (trailing Lee and Brenk) and was also third in OPS for those with 100+ PA (after the same two). He was the starting first baseman for New Zealand in the 2022 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, the veteran on a young infield that included 2B Nikau Pouaka-Grego (18), SS Jason Matthews (25) and 3B Chayton Krauss (19), all at least a decade younger. He scored their first run of the event. He was plunked by Brazil's Gabriel Barbosa and scored on a hit by Max Brown. he was 2 for 6 with a run for the qualifiers, getting hits off Heitor Tokar and José Mendoza. He tied Brown for second on the team in OBP (.429), behind Matthews.
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