RHP Hunter Carnevale from California was picked in the 33rd round of the 2010 draft, 992nd overall. He is still in the Mets organization today.
After pitching 4 years for the Pacfic Tigers in the Big West Conference, Hunter played at two levels of pro ball in 2010 – the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League (Rookie) and with the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York Penn League (A-).
With Kingsport, Hunter appeared in 12 games with a record of 3-1 and an ERA of 3.86, throwing 23 1/3 innings and striking out 27 against 7 walks and 26 hits. He recorded 1 save. After Kingsport, he reported to the Cyclones and appeared in 5 games with a 0-0 record and an ERA of 18.00, pitching 5 innings, striking out 8, allowing 11 hits and walking 5.
In 2011, Hunter appeared in 12 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones before having his season cut short by Tommy John surgery. He had a record of 1-1 with an ERA of 1.08 in 16 2/3 innings, striking out 19, allowing 12 hits, 5 walks and did not allow a home run while saving 2 games. His WHIP for 2011 was 1.02.
Hunter returned to the mound in 2012 to appear in 6 games for the Kingsport Mets. In 6 relief appearances, Hunter pitched 6 innings with a 0-0 record, 1.50 ERA and saved 2 games. He allowed 6 hits, 4 walks, and struck out 7.
2013 saw Hunter promoted to the Savannah Sand Gnats in the South Atlantic League (A) and helped take home a championship under the tutelage of former Cy Young award winner Frank Viola. Hunter posted an 0-3 record with an ERA of 3.57 and 2 saves. He appeared in 44 games, pitching 58 innings allowing 49 hits, walking 18 and striking out 66. Hunter’s WHIP for 2013 was 1.16.
Over 3 minor league seasons, Hunter has a combined career record of 4-5 with an ERA of 3.80 and 7 saves. He has pitched in 79 games with 109 innings, allowing 104 hits, walking 39, striking out 127 with a career WHIP of 1.31.
Hunter – we wish you continued success in 2014 and beyond. Hope to see you with the big club soon!