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 is not in the lineup Thursday against the Rockies, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hundley, serving as the Giants' primary catcher, will get the day off after playing in three straight games (starting two). Tim Federowicz will take over behind the plate, though Hundley will continue to get the bulk of reps at catcher with Buster Posey (head) out.
Hundley went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Wednesday's victory over the Diamondbacks. Hundley, assuming primary catching duties for the injured Buster Posey (head), waited until his last at-bat to make an impact, but it ultimately provided some well-desired insurance for the San Francisco relief corps. The 33-year-old is now hitting .313 on the season and should continue to start behind the dish until Posey is ready for action again.
Hundley entered Monday's game after Buster Posey was struck in the head with a fastball. He went 0-for-3 in a 4-1 win over Arizona. The Giants' All-Star catcher insisted that he felt fine after the game, but he'll have to go through tests Tuesday before being cleared to play. If Posey is unable to suit up, Hundley will get the start behind the dish against the left-handed Robbie Ray. The veteran backstop is just 1-for-7 so far this season, making him nothing more than a punt play in daily fantasy formats even if he gets the nod.
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.
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