Hundley extended through ’14 with club option for ’15

The San Diego Padres today announced that they have agreed to terms with catcher Nick Hundley on a contract through the 2014 season with a club option for 2015.

“Nick has developed into one of our club’s core players,” said Byrnes. “He impacts the game on both offense and defense and has evolved into a leader on the field and in the clubhouse.”

Hundley, 28, set career highs in nearly every offensive category in 2011, including runs, hits, triples, home runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He hit .288 (81-for-281) with 16 doubles, five triples, nine home runs, 29 RBI and 34 runs scored in 82 games, including 73 starts behind the plate. As catcher, he threw out a career-high 24 would-be base stealers last season, besting his previous total of 13 from 2008.

Since making his Big League debut in 2008, Hundley has posted a 3.94 ERA that ranks seventh among National League catchers over that four-year stretch.

Padres Game Notes – 3/20 vs. COL

Rolling right along

Over the last week, the Padres have flipped the script, winning six of their last seven and turning what was a 3-7 record into a 9-8 mark for the Spring.

Over that seven-game stretch, the Padres have outscored their opponents 48-26, scoring just shy of seven runs per game. On the pitching side, they have allowed 3.7 runs per game and are averaging 7.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched.

Paving the way for the pitching success has been the relief work of Brad Brach, Andrew Cashner, Alex Hinshaw, Miles Mikolas, Joe Thatcher and Dale Thayer.  The six relievers have combined to allow just four earned runs over 25.2 innings of work, posting a cumulative 1.40 ERA. With Opening Day just over two weeks away, the battle for any open bullpen spots has reached a boiling point.

Padres Game Notes – 3/18 at SF

Padres Game Notes – 3/16 vs. LAA

Padres Game Notes – 3/15 at MIL

March Madness

It’s tourney time, and with 48 players still in Big League camp there was bound to be some rooting interest in the Padres clubhouse. Of the players on the Padres 40-man roster and remaining Spring Training invitees, there are eight players who attended a school that made it to the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Cory Luebke (Ohio State), Clayton Richard (Michigan), Huston Street (Texas), John Baker (Cal), Brad Davis and Nick Vincent (Long Beach State), Alex Hinshaw (SDSU) and Jedd Gyorko (West Virginia). In addition, Bud Black will join Alex Hinshaw in pulling for the Aztecs tomorrow morning vs. NC State.

Baker’s Cal Bears were eliminated last night in the tournament’s “First Four” round vs. USF. Each of the other six teams earned spots in the tournament’s round of 64. While none of the players will face each other in the first round, there is the possibility of a West Virginia (Gyorko)/Ohio State (Luebke) matchup in the second round.

Six of the seven teams are slotted on the right side of the bracket, leaving Davis and Vincent (Long Beach State) an uphill battle to face one of their Padres teammates.

Padres Game Notes – 3/12 vs CWS

The Blueprint and a little baseball news

Opening Day is quickly approaching, with just 24 days until the Padres and Dodgers kick-off the 2012 season at Petco Park. As that magical day nears, we are busy preparing the first issue of the Blueprint.

Distributed over the first two homestands of the 2012 campaign (April 5-12, April 19-26), the first issue will have a 2012 season preview, along with features on new GM Josh Byrnes, the Padres Youth Baseball Initiative, the club’s catching depth, the recent minor league recognition and more.

As always, the Blueprint is distributed for free at the gates and is available online at padres.com/blueprint. Be sure to grab one everytime you come to the game. Feedback is always welcome as well, so feel free to send your comments to publications@padres.com.

As we wait for Opening Day to arrive, lets see who you want to have featured on the cover of the first issue. While we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to go with the winner of this poll…but we’ll try our best.

Now to a little baseball news…

The Padres today reassigned five players to minor league camp. Catchers Ali Solis and Eddy Rogriguez, infielder Cory Spangenberg and right-handed pitchers Jorge Reyes and Cory Burns were all reassigned this morning. With the moves, the Padres now have 56 players at Major League Spring Training.

Padres Game Notes – 3/12 at COL

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