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Padres promote top prospect Austin Hedges to Double-A

Aug 1, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

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Corey Brock of MLB.com shares this bit of prospect news:

Austin Hedges, considered the third-best catching prospect in the Minor Leagues according to MLB.com, is on his way to Double-A San Antonio.

The Padres will promote Hedges, 20, from Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore to the Texas League. The move was based not just on merit but because Missions catcher Robert Kral is currently injured.

Hedges played in the 2013 Futures Game earlier this month at New York’s Citi Field. He was batting just .263/.338/.404 with three home runs and 26 RBI over 65 games with High-A Lake Elsinore, but the 20-year-old is an excellent defender and should continue to rise quickly through the Padres’ system even if the bat takes a little while to catch up.

Hedges was a second-round pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of a California high school.

  1. eightyraw - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    San Antonio will be playing at Frisco this weekend, when two top Rangers prospects will make their AA debuts. Rougned Odor (2B; was youngest player in all of A+ and will now be the youngest in AA) and Luis Sardinas (SS; third-youngest in all of AA) are being promoted from Myrtle Beach in a merit-based move.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Is it just me or does his name sound like a new brand of cigarette?

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