(c) Houston Astros

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Position: OF      Born: Mar 5, 1971      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

A speedster once thought to be comparable to Cesar Cedeno, Brian Lee Hunter was born in Portland, OR and grew up in Washington state. He was a second-round draftee of the Astros in 1989.

Hunter made his debut as a call-up in 1994 but was back the next year and quickly showed what he could do, hitting .302 with 24 steals in 78 games. He hit .276 with 35 steals the next season then was traded to the Tigers in the mega-deal that brought Brad Ausmus and Jose Lima to Houston.

Hunter lit up the American League in 1997, leading the league with 74 steals while batting .269 with Detroit but, over time, A.L. pitchers began to discover the same holes in his swing that N.L. pitchers had found.

The slender speedster was sent to Seattle, Colorado, Cincinnati and Philadelphia before returning to Houston as a reserve outfielder for his final two big league seasons in 2002 and 2003. In his second stint with Houston, he hit .252 in 154 games.

For his career, Hunter hit .264 with 260 steals in ten big league seasons.