Torii Hunter Jr. returns to South Bend to face Cubs
Former Notre Dame wideout Torii Hunter Jr. returned to South Bend on Monday with a very different purpose.
Instead of catching passes, Hunter was catching fly balls
Hunter was in town as a member of the Burlington Bees, a Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angles, who were playing a three game series against the South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field.
The former wideout appeared in 36 games for the Fighting Irish football team and was the 2nd leading pass catcher in his fourth and final season. It was an injury early in his senior season that may have shaped his path toward the sport of baseball. Against Texas, Hunter ran a route over the middle only to be hit in the helmet by Longhorns safety Deshon Elliot, knocking Hunter unconscious.
"I still have memory loss from that moment, like right before the play I don't remember much besides watching the video." said Hunter prior to batting practice on Monday, "That was definitely a scary moment for me and definitely a life changing moment."
Hunter played sparingly on the Notre Dame baseball team appearing in just 23 games with only one start. In total Hunter had just two hits and an RBI but that was enough for the Angels to take him in the 23rd round of the 2016 First-Year Player draft.
So far the choice to follow his All-Star father into the sport has been a fruitful one. In his first season with Burlington, Hunter has batted .281 with 27 hits, nine RBIs and nine stolen bases in just 25 games.