Pilot in the Spotlight: Lucas Hunter

By The Beacon | March 20, 2013 9:00pm

Lucas Hunter (Stephanie Matusiefsky| THE BEACON)

By Katie Dunn Staff Writer dunn16@up.edu

Freshman infielder Lucas Hunter has big dreams of playing in the majors. Hunter has baseball in his blood from his father, Brian Hunter, a former major leaguer who played for 12 years with the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners. He's one of the few freshmen to start and is looking to make the most out of his time here by being part of the Pilots' rebuilding effort.

Why did you choose UP?

They told me I would play early, so I wanted to come here and be productive early. Oregon State or Oregon would have been nice, but I wanted to come in and really be active.

What is your favorite part of playing at UP?

I like the coaching staff and the players. They treat you well here and you don't get lost in the system. I like where things are going as far as program-wise.

What is your favorite major league team?

Well, I usually just liked whatever team my dad was playing on. But I guess the Mariners, maybe Dodgers. I want to play in the sun somewhere so those teams.

What would you be doing if you did not play?

I couldn't even tell you to be honest. All I've been thinking about since I was young is playing.

Do you have a pre-game ritual?

I would say just listening to music and taking time for myself. I like taking time for myself, but I'm usually pretty loose.

What kind of music do you listen to?

Rap and hip-hop. I like music that calms me down.

What is your favorite part of playing baseball?

It's easy to go out there and think about a lot of things, but it's a game that is really mental. Just being able to get away from everything else that's happening in life and go out there and play. It definitely shows that the people who are most mentally strong survive. That's all it's about.

Do you look up to anyone on the team?

Well I don't relate to him baseball-wise because he's a pitcher but, JR Bunda. I've talked to him a lot about everything he's been through, so his knowledge helps.

Who do you think is better, you or your dad?

Definitely me.