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Nationals Promote Wilmer Difo for Some Reason

A few weeks ago, the Padres promoted one of their best remaining prospects, Austin Hedges, to join the Major League club to serve as Derek Norris‘ backup. It was a bit of an odd move, given that Hedges might have just been figuring out how to hit professional pitching, but the Padres wanted to upgrade […]
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres’ Points: Hedges, Upton, Trade Rumors

Austin Hedges, perhaps the most talked-about prospect in the San Diego Padres system since the likes of Chase Headley, Anthony Rizzo, and Jedd Gyorko, made his first career start on Wednesday. He got his first major league hit which was a ground ball single to center field. He also had a sacrifice fly, finishing with a productive 1-4 line to go along with 2 RBI as the Padres went...
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  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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15 days ago  |  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 […]
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16 days ago  |  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...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Age of Hedges

After the 2014 season, Austin Hedges had amassed a .225/.272/.314 slash line in 532 Double-A plate appearances. There was still plenty to dream on after back-to-back disappointing years with the bat, like Hedges’ all-world defensive skill-set behind the dish and the fact that he entered the 2015 season at just 22 years of age. But, still, that bat. It needed a lot of work, so...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Gets the Call: Austin Hedges

Just a few days after the best catching prospect in baseball, Blake Swihart, was called up by the Boston Red Sox, the San Diego Padres are calling up the best defensive catching prospect, Austin Hedges. Rarely do you project awards for prospects, but Hedges has a realistic floor of a Gold Glove catcher. With a great arm and even better feet behind the plate, Hedges has thrown out...
Via Baseball Essential
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Austin Hedges: Your newest Padres (backup) catcher!

Yes, Padres fans. It’s actually happening. After rumors of a possible promotion picked up steam over the past few days, Austin Hedges has joined the big league ballclub in San Francisco as the Padres begin their nine day road trip against the Giants, Diamondbacks, and Mariners. ALL HAIL THE CHOSEN ONE! Sources: Austin Hedges is being called up by the Padres. — Dennis Lin...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Ramblings: Austin Hedges Completes Me

HEDGES!!!!!!! oh my god oh my god oh my god it’s happening. .345/.415/.586 THREE FORTY FIVE FIVE FIFTEEN FIVE EIGHTY SIX. More walks (7) than strikeouts (6). “But it’s only been 65 plate appearances,” said the joyless sap. **** off. “Small sample size.” Eat me. I bet you give away toothbrushes on Halloween too. Did anybody ever question why they got a king-sized Snickers...
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21 days ago  |  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

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