Hedges
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.243
HR
9
RBI
26
R
20
SB
3
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Hedges took over as the Padres' primary catcher in 2017, playing 120 games and retaining some of the home-run gains he brought to the table at Triple-A El Paso in 2016. Unfortunately, top-level pitching nearly doubled Hedges' strikeout rate from his Triple-A mark, as he fan... read more
Hedges took over as the Padres' primary catcher in 2017, playing 120 games and retaining some of the home-run gains he brought to the table at Triple-A El Paso in 2016. Unfortunately, top-level pitching nearly doubled Hedges' strikeout rate from his Triple-A mark, as he fanned 29.3 percent of the time last season. Not surprisingly, Hedges' batting average tumbled to .214, and his low walk rate (5.5 percent) kept him from being more of an asset to the San Diego lineup. One thing working in his favor, however, is that his defense will continue to afford him a lot of playing time. Moreover, Hedges' development of game power took several years as he advanced through the system, but strikeouts were never an overwhelming issue for him throughout his time as a prospect. At 25, he may not be a completely finished project as a hitter, but expecting more than a .230-.240 average and 20 homers is likely a stretch.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'1"    WT: 210 lbs.    DOB: 8/18/1992    College: None    Drafted: 2nd Rd in 2011Show Contract
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Austin Hedges Contract Info:
Signed a one-year, $509,500 contract with the Padres in March of 2016.
Sits out Sunday
CSan Diego Padres
August 19, 2018
Hedges is on the bench Sunday against Arizona.
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Austin Hedges 2018 MLB Game Log
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  • AB:
    9
  • H:
    1
  • 2B:
    0
  • 3B:
    0
  • HR:
    1
  • RBI:
    1
  • BB:
    0
  • K:
    3
  • SB:
    0
  • CS:
    0
  • HBP:
    0
  • SF:
    0
  • AVG:
    .111
  • OBP:
    .111
  • SLG:
    .444
  • OPS:
    .556
2018 Stat Review for Austin Hedges
0.24 BB/K
POOR
7.1 % BB Rate
WEAK
29.9 % K Rate
TERRIBLE
0.716 OPS
WEAK
0.299 OBP
POOR
0.243 AVG
POOR
0.313 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
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  1. Austin Hedges 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Austin Hedges 2017 Preseason Outlook
    Always lauded for his ability behind the plate as a defense-first catching prospect, Hedges had a breakout at Triple-A El Paso in 2016 with a surge of power (21 homers) and a strong .326/.353/.597 line before he was promoted to San Diego in September. With Derek Norris in tow, the Padres were hesitant to leave Hedges on the Opening Day roster as a backup, and the decision to give him regular playing time at Triple-A appears to have paid off. Hedges has benefited from his time in the Pacific Coast League by playing half of his games at El Paso over the past two seasons, but his career .326/.361/.583 line at Triple-A suggests that he has nothing left to prove in the minors. The Padres certainly must have thought so, as they dealt Derek Norris to the Nationals to clear the path for Hedges to become the team's workhorse backstop. His developing power and low strikeout rate (career 16.6 percent in the minors) make him a useful cheap option in two-catcher formats.
  3. Austin Hedges 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Hedges was called up on May 5 and was with the big league club the rest of the way, working primarily in a backup role. Offensively, there is a lot of room for improvement, which is not a surprise because he is a defense-first catcher. With elite skills behind the plate, the Padres don't need to be overwhelmingly concerned about his output with the bat. As long as Derek Norris remains in San Diego, the Padres will likely lean on Hedges to spell him as a backup seeing approximately a start or two per week.
  4. Austin Hedges 2015 Preseason 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 in his development, and he may continue advancing through the San Diego system even after posting a sub-.600 OPS in the Texas League last season. While he will carry plenty of value to the Padres regardless of his offensive ceiling, owners hoping to lock up a quality bat at a scarce position in dynasty leagues may want to look elsewhere. At his peak, Hedges could have enough power to push double-digit home runs annually, but it may come with a low average. He has all of the tools to be a premier defensive player upon arrival, which could afford him more regular playing time than his bat is actually ready for. Hedges will likely begin 2015 at Triple-A El Paso, but he should get his first look in the big leagues before the end of the season.
  5. Austin Hedges 2014 Preseason 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 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.
  6. Austin Hedges 2013 Preseason Outlook
    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.
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Sits out Sunday
CSan Diego Padres
August 19, 2018
Hedges is on the bench Sunday against Arizona.
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Retreats to bench
CSan Diego Padres
August 14, 2018
Hedges is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Angels.
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Robust line in win
CSan Diego Padres
August 11, 2018
Hedges went 2-for-3 with a home run, a stolen base and a pair of runs scored in Friday's 2-0 win over Philadelphia.
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Not in Thursday's lineup
CSan Diego Padres
August 9, 2018
Hedges is out of the lineup against the Brewers on Thursday.
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Hits eighth homer
CSan Diego Padres
August 4, 2018
Hedges went 1-for-3 with a homer and a pair of RBI in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.
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