Minnesota Twins Trade Target: Nick Hundley
The Minnesota Twins currently sit at 50-42 on the season yet one position has been slacking to say the least. That would be behind the dish as former All-Star Kurt Suzuki is hitting just .227 on the season entering Tuesday night’s action against the Los Angeles Angels. Here’s a player the Twins should/could potentially target: Colorado Rockies catcher Nick Hundley.
Hundley, 31, is quietly having an impressive 2015 campaign. Entering play Tuesday night, the veteran backstop is slashing at a line of .301/.340/.451 with 15 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs and 30 runs batted in.
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Hundley is a career .245 hitter yet is on-pace to have a career year in terms of batting average. Coors Field is doing him a little favor in that matter. Hundley’s home/road splits are light-years apart, well sorta. At home, Hundley is hitting .338/.365/.538 with five home runs opposed to his road line of .254/.309/.351 with just one bomb.
The Rockies are looking to be sellers at the deadline and could possibly move Hundley to make room for their catching prospect Tom Murphy somewhere down the line.
After hitting .288/.345/.383 last season for the Twins, Suzuki looks lost at the dish this season with his measly .227 average. At Target Field, Suzuki is hitting .258/.301/.358 with 3 home runs and 17 RBI’s while he is hitting just .198 on the road with nine runs batted in.
Hundley is a solid game-manager and could benefit the Twins pitching staff as well. On the season, Hundley has made a total of just three errors — good for a .996 fielding percentage. The 31-year-old is currently 11th in Major League Baseball with a caught stealing percentage of .318. That’s an upgrade from Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki as he currently holds a percentage of .190.
When it’s all said and done, if the Twins want to upgrade their catching position, Nick Hundley could be a cheap option for them.