PEORIA, AZ -- Although most of the attention this spring has been deservedly on the number of quality pitchers in the Padres' system they are also starting to develop fast, athletic players in the field. Nowhere is a better example of this than up the I-15 in Lake Elsinore.
The Storm will have by far and away the best collection of position players in the organization until...
Synopsis: Enjoy this team now; if they are together for a full year then something is going wrong. The most balanced of all the Padres' farm clubs for offense and pitching with potential stars in catcher Austin Hedges, starting pitcher Matt Wisler and a few that could join them very quickly.
Three Strikes with Randy Smith Padres Director of Player Development and International...
With the closest Padres affiliate nearly 10 hours away from the Atlanta area, spring training is my only opportunity to scout Padres prospects. Last week, Dave Laurila and I tag teamed a piece on top catching prospect Austin Hedges. And while he was the most impressive position prospect in the organization, a pair of right handers ruled the day.
In the Single-A game, Joe Ross struggled...
Austin Hedges is considered the third-best catching prospect in baseball behind the Mariners’ Mike Zunino and the Mets’ Travis D’Arnaud. Regarded as a fantastic defender, he surprised with the bat as a 19-year old in the Midwest League last season. With offensive numbers 19 percent above league average, Hedges effectively shed the draft label of defensive specialist. The top...
Several of the top prospects came into camp with noticeable improvement in their physiques and Austin Hedges stood out in particular. Hedges looked like he put on an easy ten pounds of pure muscle which has only added to his athleticsm.
San Diego has an impressive system with both some high-ceiling talent and depth. The organization has had some impressive drafts recently, and a number of trades have brought in exciting talent.
#1 Austin Hedges (C)
Drafted with the reputation for being a defense-first backstop, Hedges...
I am at a loss for words. It’s kind of hard to talk or write about something that isn’t happening. We are in the doldrums of the offseason if you will. I guess you could say the whole offseason has been the doldrums for the Padres, but that is beside the point. By now most teams know what they are going to look like when it comes to Spring Training. Of course there are still...