Originally posted on The GM's Perspective  |  Last updated 8/9/13

The Can-Am League announced that Bridger Hunt, the league's leading hitter, has signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres. This will be Hunt's second time in affiliated ball. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 9th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Central Missouri. Hunt spent five years in the Dodger's organization, but never advanced past High A. His best professional season up to this point came in 2007 when he batted .296 in 113 games. He drove in 48 and stole 16 stolen bases, splitting time between the Great Lake Loons and Inland Empire 66ers. A career .287 hitter with the Dodgers, Hunt began his Independent career with Long Island Ducks in 2010. Originally a shortstop, he's literally become a Jack of all Trades. Over the last three years, he's played for seven different Independent League teams, in three different leagues, and played every position except catcher. Being that versatile highlights just the kind of athlete he is, thus making him a player that is universally valued in the game. Since joining the Indy game, his statistics haven't been exactly MLB calibre, never hitting more than two home runs in a season or batting above .286 until this year. Playing for Can-Am's Newark Bears, he led the team in hits (107), doubles (21), has surpassed career highs in home runs (4), RBI (36), and leads the league with a .402 average, 72 points higher the next closest player. According to the Bears' press release, Hunt will be joining the Lake Elsinore Storm in the Class A Advanced California League. At 28, Hunt still has plenty of time to parlay this opportunity into something more. He has the experience, and has seen the best and worst of the game. For someone to continue to battle all these years, and to play for multiple teams is amazing. Some people are just born to be on a baseball field. In his first game with the Storm, Hunt went 0-2. *Statistics courtesy Baseball Reference and MiLB.com* Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

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