Hunter Barco, born on December 15, 2000, is an American professional baseball pitcher currently affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He had a notable amateur career and excelled in high school, making him a top prospect for the 2019 MLB draft. Barco later joined the University of Florida for his college baseball journey. In 2022, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 44th overall pick in the MLB draft, embarking on his professional career.
In 2023, 22-year-old left-handed pitcher Hunter Barco embarked on a long journey back from Tommy John Surgery and pitched at two levels in the minor leagues, displaying immense promise with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He began at the Florida Complex League, eventually moving up to Low-A Bradenton after just three FCL games. Barco's stats tell the story: a 0-2 win-loss record with an impressive 3.44 ERA and a 3.93 FIP. Over 8 starts and 9 games pitched, he struck out 28 with a 4.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Barco's adaptability shone as he lowered his ERA from 7.71 in July to 2.76 by August and September. These numbers underscore his talent and growth, setting the stage for a bright future with the Pirates.