Hedges Retires High School Jersey to Catch the San Diego Padres

Austin Hedges of JSerra Catholic High School

In the second round of the Major League Baseball draft today recent JSerra graduate Austin Hedges was chosen by the San Diego Padres as one of their catchers. While the excitement ensues, Hedges will be a tough sell out of his prior college commitment to UCLA, he made last fall. With super agent, and JSerra co-founder Scott Boras behind Hedges there is no guess worth making on this call.

To view Hedges MLB draft scouting report click 2011 Draft.

To view the MLB draft announcement click Padres.

MLB Comments: There may not be a better catcher in this class, at least defensively, than Hedges, a SoCal high school product. An extremely polished defender who draws comparisons to Craig Biggio and Brad Ausmus in terms of body type, Hedges has a plus throwing arm and outstanding receiving skills, not to mention a high-energy leadership style. How much he will hit will determine just how good an all-around backstop he’ll be. While he’s got a good approach at the plate, he hasn’t hit consistently. He does have natural power, and that’s a little bit ahead of his hit tool right now. He could be the type of catcher who hits .260 with 12-15 homers per year, and with his defensive acumen, that’s more than enough to be an everyday player. If he exceeds expectations with the bat, though, he could be an All-Star behind the plate. With a commitment to UCLA, it’s believed he will not be an easy sign after the Draft.

Fellow Alums and MLB hopefuls from JSerra include brothers Shane and Trent Boras both of which play for the USC Baseball team. Shane was previously drafted in the 35th round, 1,055 pick in 2008, likely that younger brother Trent starting this fall at USC will also be drafted.