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Austin Hedges | Catcher | #18

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (0) / SD

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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

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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 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

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.
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 12:40:00 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

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C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Christian Bethancourt
4Erik Kratz
1B1Wil Myers
2Brett Wallace
2B1Cory Spangenberg
2Jose Pirela
3Jemile Weeks
4Adam Rosales
SS1Alexei Ramirez
2Alexi Amarista
3Jose Rondon
3B1Yangervis Solarte
LF1Jon Jay
2Jabari Blash
3Skip Schumaker
CF1Travis Jankowski
2Melvin Upton
3Manuel Margot
RF1Matt Kemp
2Alex Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
S1James Shields
2Tyson Ross
3Andrew Cashner
4Brandon Maurer
5Brandon Morrow
6Robbie Erlin
7Colin Rea
8Cesar Vargas
Relief Pitcher
R1Fernando Rodney
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Jon Edwards
4Drew Pomeranz
5Nick Vincent
6Carlos Villanueva
7Cory Mazzoni
8Leonel Campos
9Ryan Buchter
10Luis Perdomo
11Frank Garces
12Jose Torres
13Josh Martin
14Blake Smith