Austin Hedges, Catcher, San Diego Padres, #18
Date of Birth: 8/18/1992
Birthplace: San Juan Capistrano, California
Austin Hedges, catcher for the San Diego Padres, was drafted by the Padres in 2011. He played in the Padres' minor league system from 2011 through 2014. During that time, he had 274 hits, 73 doubles, 24 stolen bases, 142 RBIs, and 209 strikeouts to 81 walks in 304 games. Defensively, as a catcher, he made 239 assists, 2,306 putouts, and 43 errors in 285 games. He caught players trying to steal 34 percent of the time.
Hedges joined the Padres for 56 games in 2015. During that time, he batted .168 with 23 hits. As a catcher in 47 games, he made 26 assists, 366 putouts, and 4 errors. He caught players trying to steal 32.7% of the time and he had a .990 fielding percentage.
Hedges spent most of the 2016 season in the minors, playing in just 8 games with the Padres.
Hedges played in 120 games with the Padres in 2017. He finished the season with 83 hits, 17 doubles, 18 home runs, 55 RBIs, 122 strikeouts to 23 walks, and a .214 batting average. Defensively, as the Padres' catcher in 115 games, he made 56 assists, 921 putouts, and 10 errors. He caught players trying to steal 36.6% of the time.