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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

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.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 09:57:00 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.
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 07:45:00 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.
Mon, May 23, 2016 10:49:00 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.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 08:40:00 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.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 02:26:00 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.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 07:09:00 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.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 07:21:00 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

Depth Charts

C1Austin Hedges
2Christian Bethancourt
3Luis Torrens
4Hector Sanchez
5Tony Cruz
1B1Wil Myers
2Jamie Romak
2B1Ryan Schimpf
2Cory Spangenberg
3Jose Pirela
SS1Luis Sardinas
2Erick Aybar
3Javier Guerra
4Allen Cordoba
5Dusty Coleman
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Brett Wallace
LF1Alex Dickerson
2Jabari Blash
3Collin Cowgill
CF1Travis Jankowski
2Manuel Margot
RF1Hunter Renfroe
Starting Pitcher
S1Jered Weaver
2Jhoulys Chacin
3Clayton Richard
4Christian Friedrich
5Luis Perdomo
6Jarred Cosart
7Trevor Cahill
8Robbie Erlin
9Colin Rea
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Maurer
2Carter Capps
3Brad Hand
4Ryan Buchter
5Kevin Quackenbush
6Miguel Diaz
7Buddy Baumann
8Keith Hessler
9Jon Edwards
10Craig Stammen
11Jose Torres
12Will Locante
13Jose Ruiz