With their 12th round pick in the 2022 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher KC Hunt out of Mississippi State.
Hunt stands 6’3″, 200 pounds and he just turned 22 years old. He has struggled in three seasons of college ball at Mississippi State, with a 6.86 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP and a 47:23 SO/BB ratio in 42 innings. This past season he had a 7.46 ERA in 25.1 innings. He pitched well as a starter in summer collegiate ball after this season, posting a 2.65 ERA and an 0.77 WHIP in 17 innings, with 26 strikeouts, so he’s had some recent success. He was going to start this season, but a February injury kept him out until April, and he returned in a bullpen role. He was not among the top 250 prospect for MLB Pipeline or top 500 for Baseball America.
According to reports, he throws 93-94 MPH and his go-to pitch is a slider.