Jonathan Hurst

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Jonathan Hurst

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jonathan Hurst was drafted three times by major league teams: in 1986, he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the ninth round of the January draft, however he opted not to sign. That same year, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the secondary phase of the June draft, however he once again did not sign. In 1987, he was taken in the fourth round of the draft by the Texas Rangers and did sign.

On July 21, 1991, he was traded by the Rangers with a player to be named later (minor league pitcher Travis Buckley, who was sent on September 1st) and Joey Eischen to the Montreal Expos for Oil Can Boyd.

Hurst pitched in the minor leagues from 1987 to 1994 and again in 1998, going 51-38 with a 3.63 ERA in 206 games (110 starts). He pitched in the Rangers (1987-1991, 1998), Expos (1991-1993), Los Angeles Dodgers (1993) and New York Mets (1994) organizations.

He showed some flashes of excellence throughout his minor league career. For example, he went 4-3 with a 1.88 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings in his very first professional season, spent with the GCL Rangers. The following year, in 1988, he went 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 13 games (4 starts), as he struck out 35 batters in 33 innings for three teams. In 1991, he went 15-3 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 games (23 starts).

Prior to the 1992 season, he was ranked by Baseball America as the 91st best prospect in all of baseball.

Hurst pitched for the Yakult Swallows in 2001, going 1-1 with a 5.97 ERA in 22 games (2 starts). In 34 2/3 innings, he allowed 43 hits, while walking 11 batters and striking out 13. He also pitched for the Brother Elephants of the Chinese Professional Baseball League and in the Mexican League.

Hurst was scheduled to be pitching coach of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19.

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