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Hunter was selected by the San Diego Padres in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. As of 2009, scout.com ranked Hunter as the top prospect for the San Diego Padres. Following the 2010 season, he was added to the Padres' 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. On March 28, 2011, he made the 25-man opening day roster for the Padres.
On October 25, 2011, he was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics. On April 4, 2012, the St. Louis Cardinals acquired Hunter from the Athletics for future considerations and assigned him to their AAA team.
On November 20, 2012, Hunter signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians that included an invitation to spring training.
Hunter signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves in February 2014. He elected free agency on November 7, 2015.
Hunter signed a minor league deal and was invited to spring training with the Philadelphia Phillies on January 4, 2016. Following injuries to multiple outfielders and an impressive spring training, Hunter made the Opening Day roster, projected to earn regular playing time in the outfield.
After the 2016 season concluded, Hunter was a free agent. However, on November 23, Hunter was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for amphetamine. 
On April 5, 2017, Hunter signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds. He was released on June 26, 2017.