Austin Hedges a Prime Catch Behind the Plate

By Eric Sondheimer of the LA Times

Austin Hedges warming up

Hedges, of San Juan Capistrano JSerra High, has signed with UCLA, but pro teams may try to talk him out of it. His coach

says his skills are already at the big-league level.

Catchers wear lots of equipment to protect their face, chest, head, knees and ankles. They play the most demanding position in baseball. They’re stuck in an uncomfortable crouch for pitch after pitch, getting dirty, nicked up and abused.

Yet, Austin Hedges of San Juan Capistrano JSerra acts as if catching is as therapeutic as spending a day at the beach.

“It’s more challenging, but that’s why I like it,” he said.

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