Cedric Hunter hasn't played in the majors since 2011, but he brings a solid bat to the organization

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs may be the biggest beneficiary of the latest signing by the Phillies. Veteran minor league outfielder Cedric Hunter signed a minor league deal with Philadelphia Monday and could wind up bringing a power bat to the IronPigs outfield.

Cedric Hunter has played just six games in the majors and those were back in 2011, but he'll look to make another return to the big leagues this season as a member of the Phillies. The 27-year old, who has played in ten minor league seasons, signed a minor league deal complete with an invitation to spring training. Making the club could be a long-shot for Hunter, who is a career .288 hitter in the minors, but if he falls short, fans in the right field seats at Lehigh Valley could be treated to some souvenirs this season. Hunter hit 12 home runs last season with Gwinnett and the ball is known to carry to right field at Coca-Cola Park, which could increase the power numbers for the left-handed hitting Hunter.

Hunter has played at least part of the last six seasons at the Triple-A level, hitting .269 in the minor league systems of San Diego, St. Louis, Cleveland and Atlanta. In 2011, he played in six games, hitting .250 (1-for-4) with San Diego, but hasn't gotten a shot at playing in the majors since then. The Padres drafted Hunter in the third round of the 2006 Draft out of Martin Luther King High School in Georgia.

The Phillies outfield situation is certainly full of some question marks, leaving the door open for Hunter to find a spot on the roster. The outfield situation at Lehigh Valley is also in doubt, thanks to the loss of outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Jordan Danks from last year's club.


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