Colorado Rockies: Six Players, Six Key Free Agency Questions
Free Agent #4 – Nick Hundley
Contract just completed: 2 year/$6.25 million
At the age of 33, Nick Hundley is perhaps as much a symbol of the switch to Colorado’s youth movement as much as any player on this list.
In his two years in Colorado, Hundley saw action in 186 games and put together a .282 average with 20 homers and 91 RBI. Last season, Hundley hit .260 with 10 homers and 48 RBI.
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However, what Hundley brought to the team more than plate appearances or innings behind the plate was his veteran leadership to players like Tony Wolters, Tom Murphy and Dustin Garneau. Former Colorado manager Walt Weiss talked often about the importance of having someone like Hundley in the clubhouse to help young catchers progress in their careers.
There has been much discussion about whether Wolters and Murphy are ready to assume the everyday catching responsibilities for the Rockies. The answer seems to be yes and that leaves Hundley out of the picture. The teacher has taught the students and now it’s time for them to assume their roles. Rockies fans seem excited about the possibility of Murphy’s offense and Wolters continuing to frame pitches in a magnificent way behind the dish.
Hundley’s career is by no means over. It’s just over in Colorado. He still has the skills and mindset to land another team in a supporting role. He’s also one of those catchers who could easily be a manager someday.