San Francisco Giants Spring Training Preview: Catchers
After last season’s disappointment the front office was ready to make critical offseason moves to strengthen the bullpen and bolster the bats. We kissed goodbye some of our favorite Giants to make room for some new additions. One of those new additions in 33-year-old veteran catcher Nick Hundley.
Huntley signed a one-year $2 million deal with the organization in January and will give the Giants more consistency at the plate than Trevor Brown. Hundley has spent most of his career behind the plate for the Colorado Rockies, and will be a front runner in the backup competition. Last season Hundley played in 83 games, knocked in 48 RBIs, and finished with a .260 batting average.
Now, I could argue that the No. 2 spot behind the plate he’s still a competition between Trevor Brown and Nick Hundley, but Hundley’s veteran experience and consistent bat leave him to be the premier option. He will most likely begin the 2017 season catching for the Sacramento River Cats
Brown’s hitting has kept him from being a top prospect. His defense, and the fact that he’s the incumbent backup, still gives him a shot in the competition.
But, if the competition goes in Hundley’s favor, Trevor Brown should thank him. Instead of playing once every blue moon in relief for Posey, Brown will get more playing time in Sacramento and can hopefully develop power and consistency in the box.
Judging by his twitter profile, Tim Federowicz is ecstatic to be apart of the San Francisco Giants organization. Seriously, the man has yet to practice with the team and already he is photoshopping himself into a Giants uniform.
With the recent addition of Hundley, the chances of Federowicz grabbing the No. 2 or the No. 3 spot in Scottsdale are slim.
Federowicz made his Major League debut on Sept. 11, 2011 at San Francisco. (Ha….full circle moment) In 106 career games, Federowicz hit .194/.243/.295 with five home runs and 25 RBIs. Last season he played in 17 games for the World Series champion Cubs. He’s bringing a positive attitude and a world series ring to San Francisco.
Federowicz has a lot to look forward to. Depending on how well he shows in Scottsdale, he could slip into Trevor Brown’s slot as the third catcher on the depth chart.