22-Year-Old Catcher – San Diego Padres
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Hedges spent all of 2014 at Double-A San Antonio, where questions have surfaced regarding his ability to hit upper level pitching. Just 22, defense has been the calling card for Hedges to this point i...
Austin Hedges Contract Information:
The Padres signed Hodges to a $2.75 million contract Monday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Hedges was reassigned to minor league camp on Tuesday, the Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin reports.
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San Diego Padres Roster
MajorsAlonso, Yonder (1B)
AABell, Josh (3B)
A+Baltz, Jeremy (OF)
RookieBelen, Carlos (3B)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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 post a .260 average with four homers, 38 RBI, 38 runs, eight steals, and a 28:54 BB:K ratio. If his skill set as a hitter wasn't enough, he's thrown out 32 percent (87-of-269) of potential basestealers in his two-plus minor league seasons. If all goes as planned, he should reach Triple-A Tucson at some point in 2014.
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.