After spending two seasons on the Uptown campus as a player, Shooter Hunt begins his first season as a part of the Green Wave coaching staff. The 31st overall pick of the 2008 MLB Draft in 2008, Hunt will work with the programs base runners and act as the first base coach on game days.
Hunt was a first round selection by the Minnesota Twins in the 2008 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. He began his career with the Rookie League Elizabethtown Twins and was quickly moved to the Single A affiliate Beloit Snappers. Over the next four seasons, Hunt made stops with the Gulf Coast Twins (Gulf Coast League) and the Snappers in 2009 before spending the next two seasons on the Fort Myers Miracle, the organizations Single A Advanced affiliate.
In his professional career, hunt made 93 career appearances with 28 starts on the mound and compiled 193 innings. He fanned 219 batters - or 10.21 batters per nine innings - and was used primarily as a reliever during his final two seasons. Over his career he owned an opponent's batting average of under .250 and was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week on July 14, 2008.
A stalwart on the mound during his career, Hunt currently holds the top opponent's batting average in Tulane history at .204, while ranking fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (10.33) an seventh in earned run average (2.65). He earned All-America accolades from Baseball American, Collegiate Baseball Magazine, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers and Rivals.com after his junior campaign, was a two-time Frist Team All-Conference USA selection and played two summers in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
His junior season on campus was one to remember as , Hunt led Conference USA in pitching victories (nine), opponent's batting average (.175), strikeouts (126) and innings pitched (100.2) to help the Olive and Blue reach the NCAA Tallahassee Regional. He was named the 2008 Conference USA Pitcher of the Year and earned a First Team All-Conference USA selection that season. On top of being named to five separate All-America squads, Hunt was a semifinalist for a handful of major college baseball awards, including the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy.
Hunt made an impact in his first season with the Green Wave program in 2007, after spending a season on campus at the University of Virginia. In 2007, the right-hander threw 99.2 innings and posted a 6-6 record in 15 starts. He ranked second on the team with 104 strikeouts and posted a career-best 2.62 earned run average.
His initial collegiate season was spent with the Cavaliers and saw him make 17 appearances with three starts. He didn't factor into any decisions that season and fanned 33 batters in 34.1 innings of work. Hunt spent both of his collegiate summers playing for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League and was among the top prospects in the prestigious summer league during both of his stints with the club. Named the ninth best prospect in 2006, he led the league with 54 strikeouts and was tied for team lead in wins. The 2007 found him as the 11th best prospect in the CCBL after totaling 48 strikeouts in 36.1 innings and compiling a 2-2 record.
Hunt played his prep baseball for Ramapo High School in Wyckoff, N.J. for his father, Mickey, and was the New Jersey Player of the Year. He was a 34th round pick of the Texas Rangers in the 2005 MLB Draft and was among the top-100 national prospect by multiple recruiting services.