Baltimore selected Hunnicutt in the 40th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Burlington Central High School in Illinois. Hunnicutt, now 19 years old, is a raw athlete with great speed, and has plenty of room to mature physically. Ray has above average bat speed, but has some fine tuning to do with his approach at the plate. His wheels allow him to close quickly on balls in the outfield and is an obvious stolen base threat anytime he is on the base paths.
He was able to sign quickly enough to get 27 games under his belt with the Gulf Coast League Orioles rookie league team in 2012. Hunnicutt hit .170 in 112 plate appearances with one homer, six RBI, nine stolen bases and an impressive 13 walks as he proved he can make the adjustment at the plate to be patient. He also showed that he knows how to pick his pitches to steal on, as he was only caught stealing twice in his 11 attempts.
Hunnicutt was also kind enough to sit down with Orioles101 for an interview and respond to a few questions for our readers:
Orioles101: First let me thank you for taking the time to do this for us, and I know our readers will enjoy this. How did it feel when Baltimore drafted you in the 2012 draft?
It was a great feeling. Just to know I get the opportunity to do something that not many people can say they did.
Orioles101: No question, what things went into your decision to turn pro as opposed to going to college?
It was more of a this could be a one time chance for me and the fact that the Orioles were willing to give me a scholarship plan really put me over the top in my decision to go pro.
Orioles101: Fantastic, and I love the scholarship plan aspect. What did you learn in your 27 games with the GCL Orioles in 2012?
Fundamentals are much more important and you have to use your mind more when you play. It's all about the approach you have.
Orioles101: Speaking of fundamentals and approach, what are you working on this offseason to prepare for your first full professional season?
Working a lot on my swing. Got new mechanics I have to get comfortable with. And just my overall game, trying to get bigger, faster, stronger.
Orioles101: Do you have any idea where you will begin the 2013 season? Aberdeen? Delmarva? Frederick?
Most likely still in the GCL after extended spring training since I came down late last season. But we will see.
Orioles101: At bats are the key right now I am sure. Just a couple more for you. What are some of your goals for 2013?
No doubt. Just keep improving no matter where I finish the year. I'd like to move up, but I just want to be a better player.
Orioles101: Last one for you, who wins this year's Super Bowl?
Haha, I'm going with the upset pick….the Seahawks!
Orioles101: Haha, they do look good that's for sure. I just want to thank you again for taking the time to do this with us, and best of luck in 2013 and beyond!
Thanks for the opportunity! It was fun.
Orioles101 would like to thank Ray Hunnicutt for taking the time to interview with us and responding to a few questions for our readers. Hunnicutt is a very talented young man who has the will, mindset, and work ethic to continue to improve everyday and really turn out to be a steal in the 40th round. His speed should keep him from ever going in a serious slump and will always make him attractive in the line-up.
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