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Cats add RHP Hunton

February 20, 2008 - American Association (AA) - Fort Worth Cats News Release

The Fort Worth Cats have signed relief pitcher Jon Hunton to a contract for the 2008 season, the club announced today.

Hunton, 25, was acquired from New Jersey of the Can-Am League in exchange for left-hander Nick Martin and the reversionary rights for righty Lee Gwaltney.

In 2007, Hunton spent the majority of the season with Coastal Bend, going 1-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 36 relief outings. He worked 40 1/3 innings and posted two saves while striking out 54 and walking 16. Hunton pitched for the American Association South Division All-Star squad, going 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief on July 20 in Sioux Falls.

He finished the season by making three appearances for New Jersey and three more for Lancaster in the Atlantic League.

Originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the 2004 draft, he spent three years in their system. In 19 relief outings with Boise in 2005, he had a 3.20 ERA and four saves. During the 2006 season for Class-A Daytona in the Florida State, Hunton appeared in 48 games and had a 6-4 record with a 4.32 ERA.

A 6-foot-10-inch right-hander, Hunton was born in Plainfield, NJ.

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