Hunter Andrew Pence (born April 13, 1983, in Arlington, Texas) is a major league outfielder with the Houston Astros. Pence is 6' 4" tall, and weighs 210 pounds. He bats and throws right handed.
Hunter Pence attended Arlington High School in Arlington, Texas. He played shortstop and wore #8. He later made the transition to outfield in college. He majored in finance at the University of Texas-Arlington. He was on the Dean's List.
Pence was drafted in the second round of the 2004 draft by the Astros out of the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2006 with the AA Corpus Christi Hooks, Pence batted .283 and hit 28 home runs, with 95 RBI. He had 17 stolen bases, while being caught stealing only 4 times. Pence began the 2007 season as the AAA Round Rock Express' center fielder, though he made a serious run to make the big league club out of spring training. While in the Minor Leagues, Hunter Pence went by the nickname "Bam Bam", but before the 2007 season, he earned the nickname "The Natural".