Hundley continuing to make an impression
The Padres leadership brass of Jed Hoyer and Bud Black are confident with Nick Hundley as the “starting catcher” going into 2011. In an interview with Dan Hayes of the North County Times, manager Bud Black said, “I saw strides this year in his overall handling of the pitchers, handling of the game, and keeping the focus throughout the game”.
Nick Hundley hit .249 (.308 .418 .726) with 8 homers and 43 RBI. The league average for catchers is exactly .249, so Hundley was exactly an average-hitting catcher. However, 8 homers in only 273 ABs is pretty solid. His average against LHP (.274 .395 .435 .830) vs. RHP (.242 .279 .412 .692) is pronounced, but maybe one of the more encouraging numbers is Hundley had great success hitting at home in Petco (.292 .355 .526 .880) compared to on the road – a meager (.206 .260 .309 .569) which tells me has has a lot of room to improve in more hitting conducive environments moving forward.