Austin Hedges opened the 2013 Futures game in New York playing five innings, and showcased his talent on an international level.
The 2011 second-round MLB Draft pick to the Padres has been hard at work since graduating from JSerra. Playing for the Storm in Lake Elsinore, a minor league team for the San Diego Padres, Hedges is ranked as No. 73 by MLB.com, and the No. 4 prospect by Baseball America.
Playing five innings on Sunday Hedges had two at-bats, popping out to short and grounding out to third. He also tossed out Xander Bogaerts trying to steal second to end the top of the first.
Coming off a month-long hiatus due to an injury to his hand from a fastball, Hedges came into the Futures looking to make up for lost time. Batting .273 with three homeruns and 21 RBI’s in 52 games for the Storm.
“It was rough to miss that much time,” said Hedges. “But I am glad to be back, and obviously glad to be here [at the Futures].
June 8, 2011 – (San Juan Capistrano, CA) – JSerra Catholic High School has hired Servite High School coach and “senior formation director” Dave Lawn to head its athletic department, school officials announced today.
Lawn, Servite’s baseball coach since 2007, has also worked as a pitching coach at USC and UC Berkeley, helping develop world-class athletes such as current and former Major League Baseball players Ian Kennedy, Xavier Nady, Jeff Clement and Mark Prior. For the past two years, he also helped run Servite’s heralded student leadership program.
“We are delighted that Lawn has accepted the challenge to take our athletics program to a whole new level of success and achievement,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra’s President and CEO. “In just a few short years, our soccer, baseball, track, lacrosse and cross country teams are already lining our gym with banners. Dave’s leadership will only serve to enhance the quality experience our scholar-athletes enjoy.”
The position opened earlier this year when former Athletic Director Jim Hartigan turned his full-time focus to coaching the football team.
In addition to overseeing the athletic department, Lawn will serve as associate baseball coach. “A Brett Kay-Dave Lawn partnership means we now have arguably the two best high school baseball coaches working side by side for the benefit of our athletes,” Talarico said.
Lawn said he’s excited about the challenge, and will focus the entire coaching staff on developing students’ winning work ethic, attitude and overall character on and off the field.
“This is a unique opportunity to take an athletic department with 22 sports in arguably the best high school conference in America to new, higher levels,” he said. “But as we strive for excellence on the field, JSerra will not lose sight of its commitment to develop the ‘whole’ scholar-athlete.”
Among JSerra’s most recent sports accomplishments:
– Baseball player Austin Hedges (UCLA), who graduated Saturday, was a second-round pick (San Diego Padres) in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.
– Two JSerra track athletes, Katherine Delaney (UC Berkeley) and Luke Decker, won CIF titles and finished among the best in California at the CIF state championship finals on Saturday.
– JSerra’s boys soccer team won back-to-back Trinity League titles.
– Its 2010-2011 girls cross country team won the CIF state title.
– Lacrosse team welcomes new coach Kyle Harrison, who is regarded as the “Michael Jordan of lacrosse.”
About JSerra Catholic High School
Just eight years old, JSerra Catholic High School is quickly becoming one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students and Division I collegiate athletes. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit http://www.jserra.org.
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.
Austin Hedges was in search of an everyday position to play when his coach, Brett Kay, decided to put him out in right field for a championship game.
“I was basically doing everything based off athleticism and he actually taught me how to catch,” Hedges said, “It was something I’d never experienced…I thought I knew it all …I played on successful travel teams and I was like, ‘I know what I can do for this age,’ and it was like I knew nothing.”