David Salley, Director of Athletic Communications
ARKADELPHIA — Former Henderson State pitcher Chris Hunt continued his climb up the ranks of the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league system on Saturday when he was assigned to the Single-A Peoria Chiefs to begin the 2019 season.
Hunt, who spent two seasons of rookie ball with the Gulf Coast Cardinals and Johnson City Cardinals, has a 6-3 record and 3.52 ERA in nine career minor league starts. He is one of just 13 pitchers on the opening day roster for the Chiefs.
A 39th round pick by St. Louis in the 2017 draft, Hunt was a standout on the hill for the Reddies from 2014-17. He is Henderson’s all-time leader in innings pitched (314), is second in career strikeouts (226) and third in wins (21). Hunt threw the eighth no-hitter in program history as a junior during the 2016 Great American Conference Tournament against Southeastern Oklahoma State.
Peoria, who plays in the Midwest League, has a rich history of producing major league players since its inception in 1983. Among famous Chiefs alumni are Greg Maddux, Ryne Sandberg, Albert Pujols, Kerry Wood, Nomar Garciaparra, Joe Maddon, Joe Girardi and Yadier Molina.
The Chiefs begin their season on Thursday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at 6:35 p.m.