Forgotten Astros: Hunter Pence

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In this week’s edition of Forgotten Astros, we focus on one of the Astros’ best players of the 2000s, Hunter Pence. Miss any of the previous week’s issues? Find them here:

Carlos Lee

Randy Johnson

Evan Gattis

Colby Rasmus

“Captain Underpants”

Hunter Pence was a great player whose career lasted from 2007 to 2020, perhaps better remembered for his days with the San Francisco Giants in which he won two World Series. Pence’s career started in Houston back in 2007. Pence was drafted by the Astros in the 2004 MLB June Amateur draft during the second round but didn’t get called up to the big leagues until 2007.

Perhaps Pence’s best season with the Astros was his 2007 rookie campaign, as he finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting, and put up numbers as so:

147 Hits, 17 Home runs, 69 RBI, a batting average of .322, and an on-base percentage of .899.

Hunter Pence would become a fan favorite in Houston, holding his own in the outfield alongside Michael Bourn and Carlos Lee. Pence’s numbers in Houston would finish as:

768 hits, 103 homeruns, a batting average of .290 and an on-base percentage of .818.

Hunter would play five seasons with the Astros before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011. Hunter Pence was one of the best Astros players during their brick red era of the 2000s that was ultimately traded during the Astros rebuilding years.

Although he is a fan favorite and well known in Houston, he earns a spot on this series because throughout the baseball world it is forgtten that Pence played for teams not named the San Fransisco Giants. Those teams include the Astros, Phillies, and Rangers.

Final Thoughts

Hunter Pence was one of my favorite Astros growing up, I became a huge fan of Pence after the departure of my favorite Astro of all time, Lance Berkman. Pence was a fun player to watch who really excelled at the game.

Agree with this week’s pick? Let me know who you’d like to see next week in the comments below or on Twitter @KeganCrawford

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