June 11, 2016
University of Notre Dame outfielder and wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. was drafted in the 23rd round (696th overall pick) of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Angels Saturday afternoon.
As a junior on the diamond in 2016, Hunter saw action in 19 games with one start. He tallied a pair of hits, an RBI, two walks and seven runs scored. Hunter Jr. also registered two stolen bases and recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
As a junior on the gridiron in 2015, Hunter played in all 13 games and started in the season-opening rout of Texas (Sept. 5). He caught 28 passes for 363 yards and a pair of TDs. Hunter Jr. ranked third on the Irish in TD catches, third in receiving yards and fourth in receptions. He registered four receptions of at least 20 yards, 21 of his 28 receptions went for first downs or touchdowns and five of his six receptions on third down went for first downs or touchdowns.
Hunter Jr. caught a two-point conversion pass with 12 seconds left at Virginia (Sept. 12), a one-yard TD pass with seven seconds left to play at No. 12 Clemson (Oct. 3) and a 12-yard TD reception at Pittsburgh (Nov. 7).
A Prosper, Texas native, Hunter Jr. is the first Notre Dame player drafted by the Angels since Matt Scioscia in 2011.
Hunter Jr. is the 15th Notre Dame player drafted since Aoki stepped foot on campus before the 2011 season.