Hunter Cervenka

Position: LHP
Born: 1/3/1990
Height: 6'1
Weight: 225
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent July 7, 2015 (ATL). Originally drafted in the 27th round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BOS)

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2015 SEASON STATS: Combined among four teams – Iowa (Triple-A/Cubs), Tennessee (Double-A/Cubs), Gwinnett (Triple-A/Braves) and Mississippi (Double-A/Braves) — for a 2-1 record and a 4.03 ERA in 32 games in relief, striking out 55 in 38 IP while walking 27.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Mississippi (Double-A) April 11, along with RHP Joel De La Cruz, when LHP Daniel Winkler went on the DL and RHP Jose Ramirez was designated for assignment.
MLB Debut Date: 4/12/2016

Debut Details
April 12, in a 2-1 loss to the Nationals. The second of six pitchers, he came on in relief of starter Jhoulys Chacin (who had tossed six shutout innings) to start the seventh inning. He faced just one batter, Daniel Murphy, who hit a soft infield single before the Braves relieved Cervenka with Chris Withrow. Cervenka threw four pitches, three for strikes.

Player Notes
After being released by the Cubs in mid-May of 2015, Cervenka latched on with the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League (yes, we know that Sugar Land, Texas, is not really near the Atlantic). His brief showing there, striking out 12 while walking just one in eight shutout innings, helped land him a spot in the Braves’ farm system and he ran with it. He began the 2016 season allowing one hit and striking out two while walking one in three scoreless innings in two games with the Mississippi Braves before his call-up. Cervenka spent all of 2014 at Tennessee, posting a 3.79 ERA in 48 games out of the pen, striking out 65 while walking 31 in 61.2 IP and limiting opposing hitters to a .202 average. That number was even lower in 2013 when batters hit just .198 against him in a combined 60 IP between Daytona (High A) and Tennessee.