John Graves Hester (born September 14, 1983) is a former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. On August 28, 2009 on his major league debut, he hit a two-run homer in his first Major League at-bat in a game against the Houston Astros.[1]

John Hester
John Hester on May 25, 2012.jpg
Hester with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Born: (1983-09-14) September 14, 1983 (age 36)
Atlanta, Georgia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 28, 2009, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Last MLB appearance
September 16, 2013, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB statistics
Batting average.216
Home runs6
Runs batted in15
Career highlights and awards

Education careerEdit

He attended Marist School in Atlanta before attending Stanford University. Hester graduated from Stanford in the spring of 2006.

Major League CareerEdit

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

Hester during his tenure with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011 spring training.

Hester was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 34th round of the 2005 MLB Draft but did not sign a professional contract. Later he was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 13th round (387th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft.

He was called up to the majors on August 28, 2009 from Triple A Reno Aces after catcher Chris Snyder injured his back and was forced to the disabled list.[2] The same night, Hester hit a two-run homer in first career Major League at-bat in the sixth inning of the game against the Houston Astros off Astros Wilton Lopez after a 2-2 delivery from Lopez.[3]

Baltimore OriolesEdit

Hester was sent to the Baltimore Orioles on April 30, 2011 to complete a previous trade from December 6, 2010 when the ballclub acquired Mark Reynolds.[4]

Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimEdit

On April 24, 2012, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed Hester and assigned him to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees, according to[5]

After playing 39 games for the Angels in 2012, Hester returned to Salt Lake in 2013. He elected free agency in October 2014.[6]

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

On October 22 he signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, which includes an invitation to major league spring training. He was released on June 3, 2015.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Hester homers in first Majors at-bat". Arizona Diamondbacks.
  2. ^ Diamondbacks promote C John Hester
  3. ^ Arizona Diamondbacks score seven runs in third to drub Houston Astros 14-7
  4. ^ "Press Release: Orioles receive CA John Hester from Arizona". Baltimore Orioles. April 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "Major League Baseball Transactions". Major League Baseball.
  6. ^ Polishuk, Mark (October 6, 2014). "Players Who Have Elected Minor League Free Agency". Retrieved October 6, 2014.

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