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Triple-A Catcher Of The Week: Padres’ Austin Hedges

Padres' prospect Austin Hedges. (

Padres’ prospect Austin Hedges. (

The San Diego Padres have a lot of young talent in their Farm System but, there is one player that they have kept their eye on since last season and before the end of 2016 he will definitely play at Petco Park again. Catcher Austin Hedges is currently one of the hottest hitting players in the minors.

From June 22-26 he had a five game homerun hitting streak with the EL Paso Chihuahuas and has nine total homeruns in the last eleven games along with a .524 batting average and 20 RBIs. He has had at least one hit in each of the last eleven games and was named the Pacific Coast League Catcher of the Week for his performance between June 20 and 26, 2016. In his most recent game on June 28, he went 3 for 6 against Reno with three runs scored two homers and 4 RBIs.

The twenty-three year old had a rough start to the 2016 season however, after being assigned to Triple-A El Paso he fractured the hamate bone in his left hand on April 10, just a week into the season,which caused him to miss over six weeks of playing time before returning on June 9. He has a .372 season batting average along with eleven homers and 32 RBIs.

He played fifty-six games with the San Diego Padres in the 2015 season after making his Major League debut on May 4 of that season. He recorded his first big league hit-a RBI single- on May 6. 2015 in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants.

Hedges was drafted in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft while playing high school ball in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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