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Austin Hedges | Catcher | #18

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (0) / SD
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Padres recalled C Austin Hedges from Triple-A El Paso.
Hedges, a former top-25 prospect, batted .326/.353/.597 with 21 home runs and 82 RBI in 82 games this season at the Triple-A level. It's hard to get over how bad he looked with the Padres in 2015, but the 24-year-old catcher may be rounding into a nice player after another full year of minor league seasoning. He should get a few starts in San Diego down the stretch and he could battle for the starting job next spring. Sep 21 - 2:49 PM

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Dennis Lin of San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the Padres will lose a year of team control if Austin Hedges spends more than 17 days in the majors this season.

Hedges spent 154 days in the majors last season, which is 17 days short of a full year of major league service. The Padres kept Derek Norris through Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, so they don't have the sense of urgency to call up Hedges up in the near future. The 23-year-old is mostly known for his ability behind the plate, but he has surprised by batting .348 with 17 homers and a 1.062 OPS over 53 games in Triple-A this season.
Aug 1 - 9:57 PM

Austin Hedges (hand) is playing in extended spring training games.

Hedges underwent surgery in late April to repair a hamate bone fracture in his left hand. As long as things continue to go well, he could be cleared to join Triple-A El Paso within the next week or so.
Jun 6 - 7:45 PM

Austin Hedges (hand) will travel to Arizona this week to ramp up his rehab.

Hedges required surgery about a month ago for a hamate bone fracture in his left hand. He'll start by taking some dry swings and build things up from there. He could rejoin the Padres by the end of June if all goes well.
May 23 - 10:49 PM

Austin Hedges needs surgery for a hamate fracture in his hand and is likely to miss 6-8 weeks.

It's rough news for Hedges, who had a huge spring and was off to an excellent start this season at Triple-A El Paso. He'll be on the shelf until at least mid-June.
Apr 26 - 8:40 PM

Padres optioned C Austin Hedges to Triple-A El Paso.

The Padres opted to keep Christian Bethancourt as the primary backup to starter Derek Norris behind the dish. The 23-year-old Hedges did everything in his power during Cactus League play, slashing .375/.436/.656 with two homers and 10 RBI in 39 plate appearances. He'll get his chance with the big league club before long.
Apr 2 - 2:26 PM

Austin Hedges went 2-for-3 with his eighth RBI of the spring in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox.

Hedges built his reputation as a defense wizard, but he has put forward a strong offensive spring. Through 11 games, the 23-year-old is 8-for-23 with a pair of homers, a double and eight RBI. Looking at last year's larger sample size, Hedges hit a considerably less shiny .168/.215/.248 in 137 major league at-bats. Derek Norris and Christian Bethancourt are ahead of him on the depth chart and even if they weren't, Hedges just doesn't offer much of a fantasy-ready bat.
Mar 23 - 7:09 PM

Austin Hedges homered twice Tuesday in the Padres' 8-8 Cactus League tie with the Diamondbacks.

Hedges went deep off Zack Godley in the second inning and Randall Delgado in the sixth inning, finishing the afternoon with five RBI. It was a refreshing burst of spring training power from the 23-year-old prospect, who is known much more for his defense. He slashed .168/.215/.248 in 56 games last season at the major league level. Derek Norris and Christian Bethancourt are currently ahead of Hedges on the Padres' depth chart at catcher.
Mar 8 - 7:21 PM

Austin Hedges made his second straight start Thursday, but he went 0-for-3 against the Nationals.

Hedges has appeared in 13 games and gotten 35 at-bats this month after topping out at nine games and 22 at-bats in any of his first three months in the majors. It still doesn't look like he's going to be ready to be a starting catcher next year, but the Padres will probably try to give him more action in September so that this season isn't a total loss for him.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 10:24:00 PM

Austin Hedges slugged his first major league homer Tuesday in the Padres' loss to the A's.

It was a third-inning solo shot off A's starter Scott Kazmir. Known more for his glove than bat, Hedges has made only eight starts since his promotion on May 4.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 06:44:00 PM

Austin Hedges will make his first major league start in Wednesday's game against the Giants.

Hedges will catch Ian Kennedy. One of the top catching prospects in the game, he has made a reputation on his strong defense. With a career line of .256/.316/.390 in the minors, though, you shouldn't expect a ton from his bat, especially at this stage in his major league career. Derek Norris remains the primary catcher for the Padres.
Tue, May 5, 2015 08:39:00 PM

Padres purchased the contract of C Austin Hedges from Triple-A El Paso.

Hedges carries a tremendous defensive reputation and was off to a promising start offensively this season at Triple-A, but he's a .256/.316/.390 career hitter in the minors. The 22-year-old probably won't carry much fantasy value in his first taste of the major league level. Derek Norris remains the primary backstop in San Diego.
Mon, May 4, 2015 03:25:00 PM

Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the Padres are expected to recall Austin Hedges from Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

Brock notes that Hedges will join the team in San Francisco in time for Monday's series opener. Widely regarded as one of the top defensive catching prospects in all of baseball, it's unclear how much action Hedges will see with the Padres. The 22-year-old was hitting .343/.413/.552 with two homers and 15 RBI in 20 games at El Paso.
Sun, May 3, 2015 11:05:00 PM

Padres prospect C Austin Hedges went 2-for-4 with a double and stolen base on Thursday for Triple-A El Paso.

Hedges has been on a tear to begin the season, batting .359/.444/.641 with seven extra-base hits and a 5/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio through his first 13 games. The 22-year-old backstop has been hitting the ball with authority after making adjustments to his swing, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that he now resides in the offense-heavy Pacific Coast League. Hedges is likely to see time with the Padres this season based on the merits of his defense, but his improvements at the dish and overall uptick in production could get him there ahead of schedule.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 02:31:00 PM

Padres prospect C Austin Hedges had a big game Wednesday for Triple-A El Paso, going 3-for-4 with his first home run of the 2015 season.

Hedges, 22, struggled mightily at the plate in 2014, batting just .225/.268/.321 with 27 extra-base hits (six home runs) in 113 games at Double-A San Antonio. He definitely didn’t struggle behind the plate, though, as the defensively gifted backstop posted a 38% caught-stealing rate and committed just six passed balls. The hope is that Hedges’ bat gets back on track this year in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, as anything he provides offensively will be a bonus.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 02:39:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Austin Hedges
2Christian Bethancourt
3Hector Sanchez
1B1Wil Myers
2Jamie Romak
2B1Ryan Schimpf
2Carlos Asuaje
3Cory Spangenberg
SS1Luis Sardinas
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Alexi Amarista
LF1Alex Dickerson
CF1Manuel Margot
2Travis Jankowski
RF1Hunter Renfroe
2Jabari Blash
3Oswaldo Arcia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Tyson Ross
2Christian Friedrich
3Luis Perdomo
4Jarred Cosart
5Paul Clemens
6Erik Johnson
7Robbie Erlin
8Colin Rea
9Cesar Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Maurer
2Ryan Buchter
3Brad Hand
4Kevin Quackenbush
5Keith Hessler
6Jon Edwards
7Buddy Baumann
8Jose Torres
9Carter Capps