Astros outfielder Hunter Pence model of stability

February 25, 2011 3:38:56 AM PST
Hustling between drills in his high socks and tight cap, Hunter Pence gives the young Houston Astros an old-school look.

And that works for the 27-year-old right fielder, who has become a model of stability during four major league seasons. He has put up remarkably similar statistics in each of his three full seasons, including exactly 25 home runs in three straight years.

Fresh from winning a $6.9 million salary in arbitration, Pence has become a leader by example.

He says: "I don't use any numbers as standards or goals. Baseball is a daily-basis thing, it's a process. To me it's a long, focused effort and ultimately there are no individual numbers that can accomplish what I want to accomplish. That's to be a part of a winning team."