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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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Austin Hedges went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBI in Saturday's extra-innings loss against the Marlins.
Hedges is up to five homers and 11 RBI which is great news for his fantasy owners, including finding the seats in each of his past three outings. While he is trending in the right direction with 10 hits over the past 33 at-bats (.303), he is still hitting just .179 overall. Consider him only in NL-only seasonal play, although he has emerged as a nice DFS value while on his power binge. Apr 23 - 2:11 AM

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Austin Hedges homered in a second straight game Friday against the Marlins.

It was a three-run shot off David Phelps tonight. Hedges opened the season 0-for-23, but he's 9-for-28 with four homers and two doubles in his last eight games. We wouldn't put too much stock into the surge, though; he's still a bottom-tier starting catcher for fantasy purposes.
Apr 22 - 12:58 AM

Austin Hedges went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

The Padres held a 3-1 lead with one out in the seventh inning when Hedges unloaded for the solo shot against Diamondbacks reliever Randall Delgado for a little insurance. The 24-year-old backstop has picked up the pace of late following a slow start, notching eight hits in his last 24 at-bats, including three homers and a pair of doubles.
Apr 20 - 11:51 PM

Austin Hedges hit his second home run of the season Monday in the Padres' loss to the Braves.

It was a go-ahead two-run shot in the top of the eighth inning off Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino. Atlanta tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on a home run by Freddie Freeman -- his second of the night -- and Dansby Swanson walked it off for the Braves with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Hedges also drew a walk and doubled off Braves starter Jaime Garcia, finishing 2-for-3.
Apr 17 - 10:39 PM

Austin Hedges doubled and homered in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

Hedges squared up an R.A. Dickey pitch in the second inning to get on the board. The double was also a promising sign after he'd gone his first 10 games without an extra-base hit. Hedges now has hits in three straight games, but considering that they're the only three games in which he's gotten a hit, the 24-year-old still has some work to do to raise his .114/.184/.229 line to something even close to league average.
Apr 16 - 12:49 AM

Austin Hedges is still hitless for the season after going 0-for-4 on Tuesday.

Hedges is 0-for-23. The Padres had some expectations for him offensively this year after he performed well in Triple-A last season, but defense remains the priority and there haven't been any complaints about him there thus far. His job should be perfectly safe.
Apr 11 - 11:39 PM

Austin Hedges is not in the Padres' lineup Monday.

It's a routine day of. Luis Torrens, a Rule 5 pick, is getting his first major league start.
Apr 10 - 4:32 PM

Austin Hedges went ballistic on Wednesday, homering twice and plating four runs in the Padres’ Cactus League tie with the White Sox.

Hedges had been homerless in 39 Cactus League at-bats prior to Wednesday. His first round-tripper was a solo blast off Anthony Swarzak with the second coming off Dan Jennings with two men on in the fourth inning. Wednesday’s outburst brought Hedges’ Cactus League average up from .256 to .310. The 24-year-old only logged 24 at-bats in the big leagues last year but is penciled in as the Padres’ Opening Day catcher.
Mar 29 - 7:14 PM

Austin Hedges is back in the starting lineup for Friday's game.

Hedges, the Padres' starting catcher, missed a week because of a hamstring injury.
Mar 17 - 3:14 PM

Austin Hedges (hamstring) resumed hitting on Saturday.

Hedges left Thursday's Cactus League game with a sore hamstring. He should ultimately be fine, although it's unclear when he'll be cleared to return to the Padres' lineup.
Mar 12 - 12:23 PM

Austin Hedges (hamstring) is not in the Padres' lineup Friday.

It's no surprise after Hedges departed Thursday's game with a sore hamstring. The ailment isn't considered serious, but he'll probably sit out for a few days.
Mar 10 - 12:19 PM

Austin Hedges left Thursday's Cactus League game against the Brewers with a sore hamstring.

This is being called a precautionary move, but the Padres will have Hedges examined by their medical staff to make sure it's nothing serious. Hedges, 24, is slated to open the 2017 season as the starting catcher in San Diego after slashing .326/.353/.597 with 21 home runs and 82 RBI in 82 games last season for Triple-A El Paso. He makes for an intriguing late-round option in deeper fantasy formats.
Mar 9 - 6:39 PM

Austin Hedges had a nice day at the dish in Friday's loss to the White Sox, going 2-for-3.

The rookie backstop is off to a sizzling start this spring, hitting .625 in the early going. He's set to open the season as the club's primary backstop and makes for an interesting late-round option in two-catcher mixed leagues.
Mar 3 - 11:46 PM

Austin Hedges singled, doubled and drove in a run in three at-bats versus the Angels on Monday.

That makes him 4-for-5 so far this spring. The 24-year-old is slated to be the Padres' starting catcher this year after seeing brief action the past two seasons. Known primarily as a defense-first backstop he showed some progress with the bat last season, bashing 21 homers with a .326 batting average at Triple-A El Paso.
Feb 27 - 7:39 PM

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.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 02:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Austin Hedges
2Hector Sanchez
3Luis Torrens
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Ryan Schimpf
2Cory Spangenberg
SS1Erick Aybar
2Luis Sardinas
3Allen Cordoba
3B1Yangervis Solarte
LF1Travis Jankowski
2Alex Dickerson
3Jabari Blash
CF1Manuel Margot
RF1Hunter Renfroe
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jhoulys Chacin
2Jered Weaver
3Trevor Cahill
4Clayton Richard
5Luis Perdomo
6Christian Friedrich
7Robbie Erlin
8Colin Rea
9Jarred Cosart
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Maurer
2Carter Capps
3Brad Hand
4Ryan Buchter
5Miguel Diaz
6Craig Stammen
7Buddy Baumann
8Kevin Quackenbush
9Jose Torres