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MLB experience seems 'too good to be true' for Austin Hedges

Aspiring to attain a goal is a journey in itself, but nowthat San Diego Padres rookie catcher Austin Hedges has reached his goal ofbecoming a major-league player, he's been overwhelmed by how surreal theexperience has been so far."I think the biggest challenge has been looking atwhat's always been a dream and now treating it as reality," Hedges said."In the minor leagues, any time...
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August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres' catcher Hedges hits first career home run

A couple of Padres hit their first home runs this season on Tuesday. Rookie catcher Austin Hedges hit his first major league home run -- a solo shot in the third inning. Veteran outfielder Matt Kemp’s homer in the eighth inning was his third of the season, but his first at home.The fan who caught Hedges’ home run ball gave it back, but not before some negotiation. He’s actually...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres' Hedges picks up first hit in catching debut

Padres rookie catcher Austin Hedges had himself a solid debut in his first game behind the plate. His first big league single was good for his career RBI. He later picked up another RBI on a sacrifice fly. The 22-year-old became the youngest Padres starting catcher since Ben Davis in 1999.Of course, the catcher was not necessarily focused on his hitting, but on catching starter Ian...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Austin Hedges is Here to Help the Padres

Over the weekend, the Red Sox promoted Blake Swihart, who was our highest-rated catching prospect heading into the year. The Padres followed suit two days later by promoting another highly-touted minor league catcher in Austin Hedges, who ranked 130th overall on Kiley McDaniel’s pre-season list, but was rated much higher by most other outlets. All indications are that […]
Via Fangraphs
May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres prospect gets the call, but not before manger punks him

  Triple-A manager Pat Murphy had quite the trick to play on Austin Hedges for the catcher's first career callup to the major leagues. In Sacramento on Sunday with El Paso ready to leave by bus for Fresno, an athletic trainer approached Hedges concerned about whether the player had been out on the town and gotten into trouble the previous night. No way, Hedges promised, he was in...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Friars promote Hedges

Austin Hedges The San Diego Padres promoted top prospect Austin Hedges late last night. Hedges hit .324/.392/.521 at Triple-A El Paso in 79 plate appearances, including a pair of homers. At first glance this seems like a very quick and possibly unwarranted promotion. Hedges is considered by many prospect experts to be the best defensive catching prospect in the minors. His glove...
May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Prospect Profile: Austin Hedges

Since December, the focus towards the San Diego Padres has been directed towards the trade acquisitions. Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, and Wil Myers were all brought in by the new GM on the block, A.J. Preller. Another move made was for former Oakland A’s catcher Derek Norris, who broke out last summer. While these trades immediately upgrade a usually brutal roster, there is still...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Three prospects that can make an impact this season

The past few seasons for the San Diego Padres have been less than spectacular. The Padres boast a 388-422 win/loss record with only one winning season from 2009-2013, but what they have done well through those years is identify and develop prospects. 2014 is no different, and is proving to hold a promising crop of young talent, some who have a chance to be called up and contribute...
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Fall League: Hangin’ with Mr. Hedges

From the morning’s SABR meeting, Mrs. Ducksnorts and I walked a few blocks to The Mission (coincidentally the name of a favorite San Diego restaurant). Our server recommended the street tacos, and they did not disappoint. Mrs. D’s pork shoulder tacos were smoky, 55+. My skirt steak tacos were an easy 70. After a brief rest, I bid farewell to Mrs. D and piled with my fellow conference...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Existential Angst: Industry Comments on Austin Hedges

In early December Baseball America’s Matt Eddy revealed his 2014 Padres Prospect list. Earlier this week Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus published his version of the top 10 in the Padres system. The lists were nearly identical with the exception of Keyvious Sampson (Baseball America) and the recently acquired Alex Dickerson (Baseball Prospectus) both listed as the org’s 9th...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

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