"Maybin is out of options. He isn't going anywhere."
It's weird to me that he is out of options but Hundley is/wasn't.
when guys marinate too long they begin to stew.....LOL
He's stepping up to the plate gripping the bat so tight that sawdust is falling around his feet.. He is trying so hard that everything to do with batting has become an effort.. every player I have ever talked to talks about having relaxed hands when they are in the box.
He is just completely pressing and that almost always leads to failure..
I believe the idea of sending Nick down was done for numerous reasons -
He was struggling so bad that he was not going to work his way out of it here - they gave him an extra 4-5 weeks to do that and nothing was working
If he needed to make mechanical adjustments it is much easier to make them out of the glare of the spotlight and pressure of the major leagues -
If it's not mechanical and he needs to get his head on straight and get some confidence there are few places in the world better to do that than the friendly confines of Tucson/PCL
it also allowed them to get Grandal up which I believe as much as anything was just to see how far away he is from being major league ready - Contrary to what you see posted on this board there are some smart baseball people in the organization and they know not to get too high on his early success - but that said - if he can show he is ready now or by next year they can develop their plans...
I don't know how Byrnes feels about a catching tandem - KT and Hoyer showed a willingness to do it - but that may have been just because Nick wasn't ready and they didn't have another catcher in the system ready and they believed Nick could be the guy...
Unless Grandal becomes Buster Posey I suspect they will do some form of tandem - Baker appears to be an ok hitter but I don't think much of his defensive skills -
Maybe the idea is let Nick rehabilitate his offense - gain some confidence and IF Grandal is showing well to trade Nick because he has some value - get something worthwhile in return and go with Grandal as the main guy and Baker as the back-up -
Nick might flourish in a more hitter friendly park/division -
Nick isn't making too much to be a backup.
As you know, catchers don't play everyday and Nick will still get his share of starts.
Grandal is new to professional ball and likely doesn't have the stamina built up for the summer grind.
Grandal isn't a finished product behind the plate and could use some mentoring.
Two quality catchers is a necessity IMO.
i was gonna say something similar. if anything, the torrealba/hundley pairing showed jst how important having two capable catchers is, plus...less starts keeps them fresher.
by the time grandal gets to be too expensive to have two high priced catchers, nick will probably be gone.
Hundley make tell him "it's on now - and may the best man win - learn from someone else pal - I am not here to teach you"...LOL
I seem to remember Grandal making some comments of not being happy that the Padres had signed Nick to an extension - and asking why they traded for him.... or something like that - maybe it was more subltle than that