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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2017

Nick Hundley spent the last two seasons with the Colorado Rockies, but the veteran catcher moved on Tuesday when he signed with the San Francisco Giants on a one-year deal, the team announced.

Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the deal is worth $2 million.

Ehire Adrianza will be designated for assignment to create room for Hundley on the roster John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The 33-year-old Hundley appeared in just 83 games during the 2016 season after he suffered a concussion and dealt with an oblique injury, but he remained a fairly steady presence at the plate when he was able to nab starts over rising star Tony Wolters

Over the course of 317 plate appearances, Hundley posted a slash line of .260/.320/.439 while notching 10 home runs and 48 RBI. Among National League catchers, Hundley‘s 10 home runs and 48 RBI ranked 10th and ninth, respectively. 

Hundley also smacked 20 doubles a year after he notched a career-high 21 in 72 more plate appearances. 

Perhaps more encouraging than those tallies was the fact that Hundley was able to thrive away from the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field in Denver. Specifically, Hundley batted .275 on the road compared to a lackluster .245 at home.

Nick Hundley’s 2016 Home/Away Splits
Home .245 .309 .408 4 20
Away .275 .331 .472 6 28
Source: Baseball-Reference.com

Since Hundley wasn’t dependent on the high altitude to keep his strong production afloat, there should be confidence that he can sustain those numbers in the years ahead. 

And considering the last two seasons have accounted for 2.8 of Hundley‘s 8.3 career offensive wins above replacement, there’s proof that he still has plenty to offer as he gets set to enter his mid-30s. 

In San Francisco, he’ll be the backup to star Buster Posey, one of the best catchers in baseball. But Hundley‘s addition will give the team nice depth at the position.

     

Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com. 



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