(c) Houston Astros

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Position: OF      Born: Apr 13, 1983      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

The google-eyed outfielder from Arlington appears to be all elbows and knees as he runs the bases or roams the outfield but he gets the job done with both power and speed and quickly became a fan favorite.

Hunter burst onto the Houston scene in 2007 and was in the mix for the Rookie of the Year award until he lost a month of time to injury. After that, he was a sturdy player who banged out 25 homers in each of the next three seasons. Pence made the N.L. All-Star team in 2009 and 2011 and was named the Astros' MVP in 2010.

With a pending change of ownership and a demand to slash payroll, the Astros dealt Pence to Philadelphia at the 2011 trade deadline for four prospects, all of whom had reached the major league club by 2014. For GM Ed Wade, who took a lot of heat for his numerous transactions with his former employer, it turned out to be his best trade.

Through his five seasons in Houston, Pence hit .290 with 103 homers and 377 RBIs.