Hundley Called Up By Padres

July 7, 2008

Tucson, Ariz. – Former Arizona catcher Nick Hundley was promoted to the major leagues by the San Diego Padres on Friday, July 4th. He made his major league debut up Interstate-10 in Phoenix as the Padres defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks by a score of 5-1.

Hundley went 1-for-3 with a walk at the plate in his debut, picking up his first major league hit in the fifth inning off All-Star pitcher Dan Haren. Behind the plate, Hundley caught a solid game, working with pitcher Cha Seung Baek, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

Hundley was on the receiving end of a defensive play that thwarted a Diamondback rally in the sixth inning. With the Padres holding a 2-0 lead and with Stephen Drew on second base with two outs, Justin Upton lined a single to left field. Padre left fielder Chase Headley got the ball and came up throwing to Hundley, who settled just in front of the plate and applied the tag on Drew for the final out of the inning.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound catcher becomes the 59th former Wildcat to reach the major leagues. The Padres tabbed Hundley in the second round with the 76th overall pick in the 2005 MLB Darft. He becomes the third of UA head coach Andy Lopez’s former players to reach the major leagues (John Meloan by the Dodgers in 2007 and Brian Anderson by the White Sox in 2005).

Hundley, who played three seasons at Arizona, began the 2008 season with the Portland Beavers, the class AAA affiliate of the Padres. The 24-year old was batting .232 with 12 home runs, 13 doubles, 39 RBIs and 33 runs scored in 58 games with the Beavers this season. He had thrown out 23 of 60 attempted base-stealers before his call-up, ranking seventh in the Pacific Coast League in caught-stealing percentage.

At Arizona, Hundley was a member of two Wildcat teams that reached post-season play, including the 2004 club that advanced to College World Series for the first time in 18 years. In 2005, Hundley was a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award and helped guide the Wildcats to a second place finish in the Pac-10. During his final season, he hit .352 while setting career highs for hits (80), doubles (23), home runs (15), RBI (46) and walks (42).

Nick Hundley Arizona Career Stats (2003-2005)

Year

Avg

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

TB

SLG%

2003

.361

38-35

133

37

48

12

2

2

25

70

.526

2004

.299

47-39

147

28

44

13

2

4

27

73

.497

2005

.352

59-59

227

57

80

23

2

15

46

152

.670

TOTAL

.339

144-133

507

122

172

48

6

21

98

295

.582

Year

BB

HBP

SO

GDP

OB%

SF

SH

SB-ATT

PO

A

E

FLD%

2003

16

4

2

4

.442

1

0

8-10

228

27

5

.981

2004

11

3

29

1

.356

2

1

2-6

202

23

7

.970

2005

42

1

43

2

.451

3

0

9-13

514

74

8

.987

TOTAL

69

8

93

7

.422

6

1

19-29

944

124

20

.982

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