21-Year-Old Catcher – San Diego Padres
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Hedges, one of the top catching prospects in baseball, reached the Texas League as a 20-year-old this past season. In 86 games between High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio, he combined to pos...
Austin Hedges Contract Information:
The Padres signed Hodges to a $2.75 million contract Monday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Hedges is slashing just .244/.290/.358 in 82 games at Double-A San Antonio this season.
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San Diego Padres Roster
MajorsAlonso, Yonder (1B)
AAAAmbriz, Hector (P)
AAAlvarez, R.J. (P)
A+Baltz, Jeremy (OF)
AButler, Ryan (P)
RookieBauers, Jake (1B)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A 2011 second-round draft pick, Hedges is a defensive minded catcher still working his way through the Padres' minor league system. The fact that his glove is his main strength should only help to speed up his timetable to the majors. Last season, the Padres thought so highly of him they sent him to Low-A Fort Wayne for the full season, where hit .279/.334/.451 with 10 homers over 373 plate appearances. At High-A Lake Elsinore of the California League, his numbers should spike as the ball is known to carry in those parks. Only 20 years old, Hedges needs time to develop his bat and hone all the skills that are required to play catcher at the major league level. Keep him in mind, when you're thinking about prospects with long-term upside.