PHILADELPHIA >> New general manager Matt Klentak continues to provide the Phillies with depth.
Monday, the Phils added outfielder Cedric Hunter, who was released by the Atlanta organization despite some interesting minor-league production last season.
At 27, the outfielder hit .283 with 12 home runs, stole 11 bases and hit 21 doubles and four triples in 138 games at Class AAA Gwinnett. The Phillies signed him to a minor-league contract and invited him to major-league spring training.
Hunter was a third-round draft choice of the Padres out of Martin Luther King High School of Lithonia, Ga., in 2006. He appeared in six major-league games for San Diego in 2011, as a centerfielder, pinch-runner and pinch-hitter, going 1-for-4.
From there, Hunter has bounced through the Oakland, St. Louis and Cleveland organizations before being made a free agent in November by Atlanta.
“We really want to raise the floor and add some depth, kind of at every turn,” Klentak said, at the beginning of the offseason, adding, “that's something we’re going to be committed to for a long time.”