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SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 22: Nick Hundley #4 of the San Diego Padres smiles as he leaves the dugout after a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park on April 22, 2012 in San Diego, California. The Padres won 6-1. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
While Padres get colder, catcher Nick Hundley’s bat keeps getting hotter.
In spring training Hundley’s batting .457 and two home runs.
Hundley made the starting roster after catcher Yasmani Grandal was served a 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.
And he’s put in the work to make sure he keeps it.
“I came in with a lot of confidence with the work I put in the off season, but it's nice to see the results," Hundley said. "At the same time, if the results weren't there I'd still have confidence in my swing. Results no doubt are a nice thing as well."
Hundley has two homers and a Cactus League-leading six doubles in 12 games, which gives him an .844 slugging percentage and a 1.329 OPS.
Padres are 12-10 in Spring Training and less than three weeks away from the beginning of regular season play. Their home opener is April 9th against the Dodgers.