Note: This page is for 1990s pitcher Jim Hunter; for Hall of Famer Jim "Catfish" Hunter, click here.
James MacGregor Hunter
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 205 lb.
- School Brookdale Community College, University of Georgia
- High School Middletown North High School
- Debut May 17, 1991
- Final Game August 6, 1991
- Born June 22, 1964 in Jersey City, NJ USA
On June 3, 1985, the Montreal Expos drafted Jim Hunter in the secondary phase of the amateur draft. The righthander pitched his first season with the Jamestown Expos, winning 3 and losing 3, while pitching 70 innings in 14 games for a 2.80 ERA.
In 1986 Hunter was with the class A Burlington Expos and his contract was purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers on June 9th, in a transaction related to the Expos obtaining pitcher Bob McClure from Milwaukee a day earlier. He finished the year with the Beloit Brewers. Jim had a combined record of 6 wins and 8 losses with a 4.02 ERA for the year. He spent 1987 with the Stockton Ports and the El Paso Diablos again combining for a 11 win 6 loss and a 3.53 ERA.
In 1988 and 1989 he was in the Texas League with the El Paso Diablos going 8-11 with a 5.67 ERA in 1988 and 7-10 with a 4.19 ERA in 1989. In 1990 he worked for both the Denver Zephyrs and |El Paso, combining again for a 12 win 11 loss record and a 4.31 ERA.
After spending the early part of 1991 with Denver, where he went 7-4 with a 3.30 ERA, the Brewers gave him his chance in the big leagues and the 27-year-old appeared in 8 games, starting 6 of those, and posted an 0-5 record with a 7.26 ERA. Hunter was granted free agency that same October, and did not play for another major league club.
Hunter spent the next four years in the minors with several different clubs and although he built a 17-14 record with a 4.11 ERA he was unable to get back to the majors.