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18 Austin Hedges C
Height/Weight: 6-1/190 | Birthdate: 8/18/1992 | Birthplace: San Juan Capistrano, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 7/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Padres C Derek Norris gets night off against Mets


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris is getting the night off as he's not in Monday's lineup against the Mets. 

Austin Hedges, batting eighth, is relpacing Norris behind the dish. Second baseman Cory Spangenberg is back in the lineup and hitting second. 

With the Padres facing right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom, outfielder Will Venable is batting leadoff. 


Padres catcher Austin Hedges in the starting lineup on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Padres catcher Austin Hedges is in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Angels, the team announced. Hedges will start behind the plate with Derek Norris taking of designated hitter duties and Jedd Gyorko heading to the bench.

It will be Hedges' first start in the last three games and is hitting .133 with two RBI in 15 at-bats this season. The Padres are currently the underdogs (+150) agianst Los Angeles.


Padres C Derek Norris gets a day off Saturday vs. Dodgers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers. Norris had started each of the last five games, collecting just three hits in 18 at-bats over that stretch. 

Rookie Austin Hedges will make just his fourth start of his career, as he will be behind the plate and bat eighth for manager Bud Black. 


Padres' Austin Hedges displaying defensive skill set


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Padres catcher Austin Hedges is already becoming a favorite in the locker room. The rookie is now showing off what many regarded as his top skill in the minors, his defense, according to MLB.com.

"We saw the quick feet, [the] powerful arm," said Padres manager Bud Black. "Great reaction, arm strength, accurate … that's what we've seen out of him since the day we signed him."

Hedges gunned down Ian Desmond on Saturday when he tried to steal second base on a delayed steal. 

"That was cool. I had definitely thought of that [first caught stealing], what would it be … I didn't expect it to be at third," Hedges said. "That was a big situation and it helped us get out of the inning. I was pretty pumped about that."


Padres C Austin Hedges makes first MLB start on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Padres top catching prospect Austin Hedges will make his first career start in Wednesday's game against the Padres. Hedges was recalled from Triple-A to make his Major League debut on Monday, and appeared as a pinch hitter that evening. 

Hedges will now make the start for Derek Norris who is getting the day off Wednesday. The two will likely be sharing time with Hedges as the season continues. Manager Bud Black insisted that Hedges will get playing time, and Wednesday seems to be an indication of that fact.


Padres' Black on Derek Norris playing first: 'we're thinking about it'


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) With the Padres' recent call-up of prized catching prospect Austin Hedges, manager Bud Black has offered a potential solution to getting him in the lineup more often, while also playing current catcher Derek Norris. Black said Tuesday that Norris could start taking some groundballs at first base, and might see some time there this season. 

"It would just be against certain left-handed pitchers, we want to keep his bat in the lineup, like for a day game after a night game, or if he's caught consecutive games," Black said, per MLB.com. "Take the load off his feet from catching."

Norris has played just one game at first base during his career, and that was in 2013. But Black expressed confidence that Norris could handle a transition.

"It would be a gradual build-up of reps. We are working through this," Black said. "But he was an amateur third baseman. He has good hands, good feet and a good baseball mind. This will not happen quick, but we're thinking about it."


Black: C Austin Hedges will 'get playing time' for Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Bud Black confirmed Tuesday that newcomer Austin Hedges will receive a significant opporunity to play behind the plate for the Padres.

"I think he makes our roster better," Black told MLB Network Radio. "Derek Norris is our catcher but Austin is going to get playing time."

Norris has certainly not done anything at the plate to warrant a decrease in work. He owns a slash line of .323/.343/.500 with two home runs and 16 RBI. Hedges has been equally impressive in Triple-A with a .343 mark and two homers in 67 at-bats.

Black offered that Norris could be moved on occasion to first base when Hedges catches.


Padres officially call up Austin Hedges, DFA Wil Nieves


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) The Padres have officially called up catching prospect Austin Hedges from Triple-A El Paso and designated catcher Wil Nieves for assignment, the team announced Monday.

Hedges hit .343 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 67 at-bats in Triple-A. He has spent the first four-plus seasons of his career in the Padres' farm system and is considered the No. 4 prospect in the organization, according to Baseball America.

Manager Bud Black said Monday Hedges will make a start during their series against San Francisco.

Nieves was hitting just .077 with one home run and four RBI in 13 at-bats this season.


Padres to call up prospect Austin Hedges


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) The Padres are set to call up their top prospect catcher Austin Hedges, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Hedges was hitting .343 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 67 at-bats for Triple-A El Paso. Hedges was one of the final cuts for San Diego in spring training, going 2 for 13 with a walk.


Padres reassign C Austin Hedges to minor-league camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Padres reassigned catcher Austin Hedges to minor-league camp Tuesday, the team announced. Considered a high-level prospect due to his excellent defense, Hedges went 2 for 13 with one walk this spring.

Padres' Black: Austin Hedges getting closer to the big leagues


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Padres catcher prospect Austin Hedges spent some time this offseason working with hitting coach Mark Kotsay and the progress he made has left the team encouraged about his future, per MLB.com.

"This year, I notice more maturity. He's still young, but he's getting closer to the big leagues. I think he is starting to understand our message of the pitcher-catcher relationship," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He's doing a lot of things very well in camp."

Hedges, who was the Padres' No. 1 prospect last season (per MLB.com), will likely start the season in Triple-A. For now, he will just work on getting better while he is in major-league camp.

"This is exactly where I want to be," Hedges said. "I'm lucky to be here. You start to feel like you belong. You feel like you can make a difference in a big-league game. The coaches have done a great job making me feel comfortable and preparing me."


Austin Hedges re-assigned to minor-league camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Padres re-assigned catcher Austin Hedges to minor-league camp on Sunday. He batted .278/.333/.278 with six RBI in 18 at-bats this spring.

Padres' top two prospects among 18 non-roster invites


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) The Padres announced Thursday 18 players received non-roster invites to spring training. Among the 18 players invited to spring training are catcher Austin Hedges and starting pitcher Matt Wisler, who are considered the team's top two prospects by Baseball America.

Other top prospects receiving invites were shortstop Jace Peterson (No. 7) and starting pitcher Joe Ross (No. 10). 2011 first-round pick Cory Spangenberg was also on the list.

The remaining players coming to camp as non-roster invites are Blaine Boyer, Leonel Campos, Anthony Carter, Dennis O'Grady, Adys Portillo, Kevin Quackenbush, Cody Decker, Alex Dickerson, Rico Noel, Daniel Robertson, Jonathan Galvez, Alberto Gonzalez and Xavier Nady.


Padres' top catcher prospect headed to Double-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) The Padres promoted catcher prospect Austin Hedges from Class A Lake Elsinore to Double-A San Antonio, MLB.com reported Wednesday. Hedges, who is considered the Padres' No. 2 prospect by MLB.com, hit .263 with one triple, three home runs, 21 doubles and 26 RBI in 65 games for Lake Elsinore.

Padres prospect Austin Hedges has injury scare


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2013) Padres catching prospect Austin Hedges had to leave Wednesday's Class-A game.

Hedges was involved in a collision at the plate in the sixth inning and could not continue playing. After the game, Hedges said, "it's just a little sore, but it's nothing serious." There has been no update on whether Hedges will miss any games. 


Padres boot two from roster


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2013) The San Diego Padres continued shaping their roster during spring training Saturday and assigned the following players to their minor-league camp: catcher Austin Hedges and starting pitcher Jose De Paula.