Nick Hundley demoted to AAA, Yasmani Grandal promoted

PHOENIX - AUGUST 30: Nick Hundley #4 of the San Diego Padres warms up before the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 30 2010 in Phoenix Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

I figured this was coming because Nick Hundley's "to much has been given, much will be expected" commercial that used to play non-stop on Fox Sports San Diego suddenly stopped a week or so ago. It was only a matter of time after that.

Nick has been terrible since the season started. He's been an automatic out in a line up of automatic outs. The Padres are now sending a clear message that after 3 months if you still can't produce they'll find someone who can. That someone is Yasmani Grandal. I haven't checked in on him recently but he was tearing it up just a few weeks ago down on the farm. Grandal was up earlier this year for a cup sip of coffee. He wasn't up long enough to unpack his bags before he was sent down again.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Nick Hundley 55 193 14 32 7 1 3 22 14 50 0 3 .166 .225 .259

Could other poor performers like Cam Maybin be joining Hundley soon? Tom Krasovic thinks he could benefit by tweaking his swing in a low pressure environment.

Coincidentally both Hundley and Maybin received extensions in the off season.

From Bob Scanlan:

I’m not a hitting coach, but in watching Nick since mid May, from the perspective of a former pitcher whose livelihood depended on being able to asses swings and hitters, it looked to me like he was getting further and further away from some basic mechanics of a healthy swing, and the mental approach that would get him out of the rut that he had become mired in.

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