Just one season removed from a season in which he hit .301, Nick Hundley's production at the plate diminished a bit. The extra-base hits were still present, as he put up the same number of home runs and only one fewer double from 2015, but his batting average sunk to .260 and he struck out in over 20 percent of his plate appearances. That being said, some of the 33-year-old's decline can be chalked up to the injuries he sustained during the season, as he played in 20 fewer games due to a concussion in the beginning of the season and an oblique injury not long after that. Hundley has garnered some value as a catcher with some power potential (along with the classic Coors Field effect), although his draft stock for next season hinges upon where he ends up in free agency. He will likely have to settle for a backup role entering 2017, and if he is not playing half his games at high altitude, he can be left alone in most formats.
Hundley signed a contract with the Giants on Tuesday, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports. The catcher has reportedly passed his physical, and is just waiting on the Giants to make a corresponding 40-man move to make it official. Hundley slashed .260/.320/.439 across 317 plate appearances with the Rockies last season and will serve as the backup to Buster Posey in San Francisco. The deal is expected to be a major league contract worth $2 million.
Hundley is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants. The Rockies are using most of their left-handed options Wednesday against San Francisco righty Jeff Samardzija. With that, Tony Wolters will draw in behind the plate while Hundley gets the night off.
Hundley is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. He will sit for the second time in three games, as the Rockies continue to rotate Hundley, Tony Wolters and Tom Murphy (Wednesday's starter) behind the plate. Hundley has hit safely in seven straight games with two home runs over that span, giving him double digit homers for the third time in his career.
Hundley is not in the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks, Kate Longworth of FOX Sports Arizona reports. Despite a 1.066 OPS over his past 14 games, the Rockies are making an effort to evaluate their younger options behind the plate, forcing Hundley to cede many more starts than earlier in the season. Tony Wolters will take over behind the plate Monday.
Hundley is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Giants, Nick Kosmider of the Denver Post reports. Despite homering in Monday's contest, the Rockies seem content to start some of their younger catchers instead of Hundley for the last month of the season. The 32-year-old backstop has a 1.126 OPS and two home runs over the past seven games, so he could provide some value on a short-term basis when he is in the lineup. However, Tony Wolters will take over behind the plate for Tuesday's matchup.