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Austin Hedges | Catcher | #18

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (0) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Austin Hedges continued his hot start to the spring on Friday against the Royals by going 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and three runs scored.
Hedges is 5-for-8 so far this spring, with four of his hits leaving the yard. We know the 25-year-old has power. He socked 18 homers in 417 plate appearances last year. However, he hit just .214 with a .262 on-base percentage and will need to improve his approach to be a trusted option in standard mixed fantasy leagues. Mar 2 - 9:17 PM

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Austin Hedges went yard for his third home run of the spring Wednesday in the Padres’ Cactus League win over the Dodgers.

The solo blast off Wilmer Font was his only hit of the afternoon. Hedges has been on fire this spring, opening Cactus League play with three round-trippers in his first five at-bats. The 25-year-old probably won’t hit for a high average—he’s a .199 lifetime hitter in the big leagues—but his power makes him an intriguing dart throw at a weak fantasy position.
Feb 28 - 6:39 PM

Austin Hedges hit his first homer of the spring against the Angels on Sunday in a 2-1 loss in the Cactus League.

Hedges homer came off of Garrett Richards, and it was his only at-bat of the game. He's still much better with the glove than he is the bat, but the 25-year-old backstop showed marked improvement in 2017 with 18 homers in his 120 games. He'll never hit for much average nor put up a strong on-base percentage. But in two-catcher or NL-only leagues, his power can help.
Feb 25 - 6:19 PM

Austin Hedges smacked a clutch ninth-inning double to give the Padres a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Giants on Saturday.

The Padres trailed 2-1 and were down to their last out when Hedges punched a line drive to right field to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs. The young catcher reached the majors on the back of his stellar defense but was the hero with the bat today. He has a .214 batting average with 18 home runs and 55 RBI in 120 games.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 07:57:00 PM

Austin Hedges finished 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored in Saturday's victory against Colorado.

It was his first three-hit game since June 12, and just the second multi-hit game since Aug. 22. He is a tremendous asset to fantasy owners for his work in the power categories, but he struggles mightily in batting average.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 01:22:00 AM

Austin Hedges slugged his 18th home run of the season Monday in the Padres' win over the Diamondbacks.

Hedges hit a solo shot off Arizona starter Patrick Corbin in the bottom of the second inning to give the Padres an early 4-0 lead. Hunter Renfroe had cranked a three-run bomb in the bottom of the first. Hedges finished the night 1-for-3 and he is batting just .211/.254/.396 in 112 total games this season, but the power at least is something to dream on.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 01:31:00 AM

Austin Hedges hit his 17th homer to give the Padres their only run Wednesday against the Twins.

Hedges is now just three homers away from having one of the worst offensive seasons for a 20-homer guy ever. He's batting .211/.255/.393 in 351 at-bats, and he's scored a total of 33 runs this year.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 01:44:00 AM

Austin Hedges went 0-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter Monday against the Cardinals.

Hedges isn't overtaking J.P. Arencibia, but he has a chance to finish with the second-worst OPS ever for a 20-homer guy. Right now, he has a .641 OPS and 16 homers. Arencibia miraculously managed a .592 OPS while hitting 21 homers for the Jays in 2013. The only other player to come in under .650 was Willie Kirkland, who had a .649 OPS and 21 homers in 1962. Rougned Odor is also in the mix here; he had 27 homers and a .655 OPS entering tonight's game.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 07:58:00 PM

Austin Hedges singled and belted a three-run homer Tuesday in St. Louis.

Hedges' blast to left field in the seventh just cleared the wall and officially broke the game open. He's put up a lowly .219 average and .256 on-base percentage, but Hedges has been adequate enough for fantasy owners with his 16 longballs.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 12:23:00 AM

Austin Hedges finished 2-for-3 with a double and two-run home run across three at-bats in Tuesday's game against Minnesota.

His two-run bomb provided the Padres with late-inning insurance in the 3-0 victory. Hedges was much better after going hitless across four at-bats with three strikeouts in his return from the 7-day concussion disabled list on July 30.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 03:36:00 AM

Padres activated C Austin Hedges from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

He missed the last couple weeks of action. Hedges is starting at catcher and batting seventh for the Padres on Sunday.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 01:43:00 PM

Austin Hedges (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment in the Arizona League on Friday.

The plan is for him to catch 5-7 innings and if all goes well, he'll be activated in time for Sunday's series finale against the Pirates. Hedges landed on the DL with a minor concussion a little over a week ago.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 07:05:00 PM

Austin Hedges (concussion) will not be activated when first eligible.

Hedges is back with the club and is feeling better, but he needs to go through a full workout before being cleared to return to game action. That's expected to happen in the next couple days, so he should return later this week if all goes well.
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 07:49:00 PM

Austin Hedges (concussion) has rejoined the Padres in San Francisco.

Hedges was having trouble with his depth perception but returned to normal after a few days of vision training. The Padres are saying he suffered a "very, very minor" concussion. Hedges felt good after taking some swings on Thursday and it wouldn't be a surprise if he returned from the DL when first eligible.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 09:12:00 PM

Padres placed C Austin Hedges on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Hedges took a foul tip off his mask last Friday and is still experiencing concussion symptoms. Jose Valdez has been recalled from Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding roster move and will join the Padres' bullpen on Tuesday night.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 06:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Austin Hedges
2A.J. Ellis
3Rafael Lopez
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Carlos Asuaje
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Allen Cordoba
3B1Chase Headley
2Cory Spangenberg
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Jose Pirela
2Hunter Renfroe
3Alex Dickerson
4Allen Craig
CF1Manuel Margot
2Matt Szczur
3Travis Jankowski
RF1Wil Myers
2Shane Peterson
Starting Pitcher
S1Clayton Richard
2Luis Perdomo
3Dinelson Lamet
4Bryan Mitchell
5Tyson Ross
6Colin Rea
7Matt Strahm
8Robbie Erlin
9Chris Young
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Hand
2Kirby Yates
3Phil Maton
4Jose Torres
5Carter Capps
6Craig Stammen
7Buddy Baumann
8Kazuhisa Makita
9Jordan Lyles
10Colten Brewer
11Kyle McGrath
12Jonathan Aro