Hedges was considered the fourth greatest catching prospect in the minors by MLB.com in 2013.
He began the season with the Class-A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm, hitting.270 in 66 games with four home runs.
In August, he was promoted to the Double-A San Antonio Missions, where he batted.224 in 20 at-bats. In 2013, he was also named to the All-Star Futures Game.
For the second year in a row, Hedges was invited to the big league spring training camp as a non-roster player.
Coming into the season, he was ranked #27 on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list.
He played the season with the San Antonio Missions, hitting.225 with six home runs in 113 games while striking out 38 percent of batters.
Hedges joined the El Paso Chihuahuas of the Pacific Coast League’s Class AAA El Paso Chihuahuas in 2015.
After designating Wil Nieves for assignment, the Padres promoted Hedges to the major leagues on May 4, bringing him up as a backup to Derek Norris.
In 79 at-bats for the Chihuahuas, Hedges hit.324 with two home runs. Hedges made his Major League debut on May 6, with an RBI single in the third inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants.
During the 2015 season, he made 137 plate appearances and had a.168 batting average. Hedges spent the offseason with the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League.
In 2016, Hedges was invited to spring training but started the season in El Paso. In April, he broke his hamate bone in his left hand, necessitating surgery.
He returned to Triple-A six weeks after the operation and then went on a 30-game hitting streak that included 14 home runs and a .395 batting average.
Does Austin Hedges Have Any Kids?
Austin Hedges is not a dad yet. He doesn’t have any kids.