Who is Hunter Pence?

He’s a rookie center fielder for the Houston Astros, and he’s absolutely killing the ball. The 24-year-old former 2nd round draft pick of Houston in 2004 is batting .355 through 16 games this year, with 15 RBI. But check out what the rookie’s done recently — the Giants haven’t gotten him out once this series. Pence is 7 for 7 against San Francisco, and 11 for his last 14. The kid’s OPSing an incredible 1.071 so far. So what gives? Who is this guy?

Well, according to Baseball America, Pence was the Astros top prospect in 2007. In 308 career minor league games, Pence hit .302 and OPS’d .932. He averaged a home run nearly every five games. And in November, despite hitting .339, Hunter was sent home from the Arizona Fall League because of a DUI arrest. Scouts say he’s very competitive player with an infectious makeup, and high energy. Best part is he teared up a bit when his manager Jackie Moore informed him of his call up. So can he keep it up? Only time will tell, but there’s no question that he has the proven track record. We’ll be keeping our eye on this kid to see if he’s the next great thing in Houston. It sure looks that way right now.

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  • http://myspace.com/alanbeshepard gp john

    yeah, pence is really hitting well

    but what’s up with running reche caldwell’s pic?

  • shruggs

    Too bad the Rocket isn’t an astro anymore. Maybe this kid could have help him get some more wins, help the astros put up some more runs while he pitched a shut out instead of getting a bunch of no decisions because they didn’t have enough offense. That’s why he’s a Yankee now, or more correctly that’s why he pitches for the Yankees.

  • http://www.larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I am truly AMAZED that the Astros didn’t bring Pence up last year to support Clemens.