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Austin Hedges | Catcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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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. Apr 16 - 2:39 PM

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Padres reassigned C Austin Hedges to minor league camp.

Tim Federowicz (knee) is out 3-6 months, but Hedges wasn't a consideration for the backup catcher job. However, he's considered one of the team's top prospects, mostly for his defense behind the plate, and isn't far off from making an impact.
Mar 24 - 12:40 PM

ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that catching prospect Austin Hedges would not be part of a rumored Wil Myers-to-Padres trade.

Hedges is a defensive stud behind the plate, though his bat has a ways to go before it is ready for the next level. He was initially rumored to be a possible trade candidate as the Padres heated up negotiations with the Rays for Myers, but the suspected players involved now that the trade is closer to completion include the likes of Jake Bauers, Burch Smith and Joe Ross, with Hedges remaining in the Padres' organization.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 12:13:00 PM

Padres prospect C Austin Hedges went 2-for-5 with a home run, double and two RBI on Tuesday for Double-A San Antonio.

Hedges is having his worst month of the season, with a .202/.227/.286 batting line in 23 games, so his pair of extra-base hits Tuesday was definitely a step in the right direction. In general, it's been a rough season for the 21-year-old backstop, as he's struggled to the tune of a .236/.279/.356 batting line with 27 extra-base hits (six home runs) and a 68-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 92 games. However, Hedges' poor showing this season isn't surprising given his age and the advanced pitching in the Texas League. That said, Hedges has continued to excel behind the plate, where he's committed only four passed balls and thrown out base stealers at a 39% clip.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 12:43:00 PM

Padres prospect catcher Austin Hedges went 2-for-5 with a home run and a walk for Double-A San Antonio.

Hedges has struggled as of late, hitting .189/.232/.340 over his last 14 games, lowering his season line to .259/.309/.409. Hedges has been great behind the plate, throwing out 27 of 67 would-be base stealers (40%), which is even better than his career 34% rate. Hedges will likely reach the major leagues before his bat is ready, and could struggle to hit above the Mendoza line.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 09:31:00 AM

Padres prospect C Austin Hedges is batting .348/.411/.576 with nine doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI in 18 games this month for Double-A San Antonio.

The 21-year-old backstop has certainly come on strong after posting a .561 OPS in 21 games during April. The hot streak has lifted Hedges' overall batting line to .277/.327/.426 to go along with 16 extra-base hits and 19 RBI in 39 games. Meanwhile, his defense has been stellar as usual, as the gifted backstop owns a 37% (19-for-52) caught stealing rate in 36 games behind the plate.
Fri, May 23, 2014 03:31:00 PM

Padres catching prospect Austin Hedges went 3-for-4 with a double on Monday for Double-A San Antonio.

He has been heating up with the bat as of late, hitting .348/.412/.457 with five doubles over his past 13 games. His season line is up to .265/.314/.363. He is at a level too high for his bat, but his glove is so far ahead that this will likely always be the case.
Tue, May 13, 2014 09:51:00 AM

Padres catching prospect Austin Hedges went 1-for-4 with a double on Monday for Double-A San Antonio.

Hedges is hitting .242/.294/.347 with seven doubles and one home run for the season, but has hit .350/.458/.500 with three doubles over his past six games. The highly-touted catching prospect's bat is behind his defensive ability, and he could struggle mightily as a hitter when he reaches San Diego. He projects to be a gold glove caliber catcher who is a replacement-level hitter.
Tue, May 6, 2014 10:03:00 AM

Padres prospect C Austin Hedges hit his first home run of the season Sunday as part of a 4-for-5 performance for Double-A San Antonio.

Hedges, 21, is widely considered the top defensive catcher in the minor leagues, which means an offense he provides will always be a huge bonus. So far this season, the highly touted backstop is batting .271/.300/.396 with four extra-base hits and an 8/0 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 12 games. He's expected to spend most of the season at the level but could get his first taste of Triple-A later in the summer. If all goes as planned, Hedges should arrive in the major leagues some time next season.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 02:12:00 PM

Padres reassigned C Austin Hedges to minor league camp.

The 21-year-old defensive wizard held his own with the stick in Cactus League play, slashing .278/.333/.278 with six RBI in 18 at-bats. He's likely to begin the year at Double-A San Antonio.
Sun, Mar 23, 2014 09:48:00 PM

Austin Hedges was amongst 17 players that the Padres invited to spring training on Monday.

Hedges is the star of the offensive group, while Matt Wisler heads the list of hurlers San Diego has invited to work out with the big club. The 21-year-old Hedges is one of the top catching prospects in the game, but his glove is far more lauded than his bat. Even when he reaches the majors, Hedges won't be an elite fantasy contributor. Wisler, on the other hand, has fantasy ace upside. The 22-year-old went 10-6 with a 2.78 ERA and 131/33 K/BB ratio over 136 innings between Single-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio. He's probably a year away from joining the rotation.
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 03:16:00 PM

Padres catching prospect Austin Hedges went 2-for-4 with two RBI on Friday in the Arizona Fall League.

Hedges, a 2010 second-round pick who received a $3 million signing bonus, hit .260 with 30 extra-base hits across two levels on the farm this season. Hedges' calling card is his glove, however, not his bat.'s third-ranked catching prospect threw out a pair of would-be base stealers in Friday's game. "It's always huge," Hedges said. "It changes the momentum of the game. Both times today, it changed the inning pretty drastically. It's always fun to throw guys out."
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 02:15:00 PM

The Padres have promoted prospect catcher Austin Hedges to Double-A San Antonio.

Hedges got the promotion after batting .263/.338/.404 with three home runs and 26 RBI through 65 games with High-A Lake Elsinore. The 20-year-old was ranked as the organization's No. 4 prospect coming into the season, according to Baseball America.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 01:35:00 PM

Padres' prospect catcher Austin Hedges has been placed on the disabled list with Class A Fort Wayne due to a sore shoulder.

Hedges will head down to extended spring training in an effort to strengthen the shoulder. The 2011 second-round pick is hitting .286 (8-for-28) with one home run and six RBI over his first 28 at-bats this season. The 19-year-old backstop was ranked as the organization's No. 5 prospect by Baseball America during the offseason.
Wed, Apr 18, 2012 01:50:00 PM

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