Nick Hundley, Catcher, San Francisco Giants
Date of Birth: 9/8/1983
Birthplace: Corvallis, Oregon
College: University of Arizona
Nick Hundley, catcher for the San Francisco Giants, was first drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2002 but he opted for college instead. Three years later, he was drafted by the San Diego Padres. Hundley played in the minor leagues from 2005 through most of 2008 before being called up to the Padres to play in 60 games with them.
Hundley suffered a wrist injury in 2009 and he played in just 78 games with the Padres. In 2010, he shared the catching position with Yorvit Torrealba, playing in 85 games that season. The following year was another bad one for Hundley. In 2011, he again suffered an injury and he underwent surgery that limited his playing time to 82 games.
In March, 2012, Hundley signed a three-year contract with the Padres. That season, he again spent time on the DL, playing in just 58 games with the Padres. In 2013, he finally had a full season, playing in 114 games. He batted .233 with 87 hits and 19 doubles.
On May 24, 2014, Hundley was traded to the Baltimore Orioles. He finished the 2014 season with 53 hits and a .243 batting average in 33 games with the Padres and 50 games with the Orioles. He had just one hit in 15 at-bats in the postseason.
Hundley signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Colorado Rockies on January 5, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 110 hits, 21 doubles, 43 RBIs, and a .301 batting average in 103 games. As a catcher in 102 games, he made 51 assists, 643 putouts, and 5 errors. He caught players trying to steal 34.2% of the time and he had a .993 fielding percentage.
In 2016, Hundley batted .260 in 83 games with the Rockies. He had 75 hits, 20 doubles, and 48 RBIs. Defensively, as the Rockies' catcher in 79 games, he made 38 assists, 554 putouts, and 7 errors. He had a .988 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal only 13.6% of the time.
Hundley became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Giants on January 24, 2017. He finished the 2017 season with 70 hits, a career high 23 doubles, 35 RBIs, 81 strikeouts to 12 walks, and a .244 batting average. Defensively, as the Giants' catcher in 82 games, he made 30 assists, 510 putouts, and 7 errors. He caught players trying to steal 29.4% of the time.
Hundley elected free agency on November 2, 2017. He re-signed with the Giants on December 19th.
Career batting statistics for Hundley through 2017 include:
- 847 games played
- 684 hits
- 153 doubles
- 340 RBIs
- 707 strikeouts to 195 walks
- .249 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Hundley as a catcher through 2017 include:
- 779 games played
- 415 assists
- 5,312 putouts
- 55 errors
- .268 caught stealing percentage
- .990 fielding percentage
Hundley and his wife Amy have one daughter.