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 certainly took a hit after he signed with the Giants. He's in line to be Buster Posey's backup for the entirety of 2017, and since he is not playing half his games at high altitude, he can be left alone in most formats.
Hundley went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Padres. The veteran catcher was signed by the Giants this past offseason to serve as Buster Posey's primary backup. The Giants have been known to move their All-Star catcher to first base against southpaws, so Hundley should get a start or two per week, slightly above the usual allotment for backup catchers. Still, it would take an injury to Posey for him to have any sort of fantasy value in standard one-catcher leagues.
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.