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].
Hedges was selected Trinity League co-most valuable player for a season in which he hit .360 with 31 hits, 11 doubles, two triples, four home runs and drove in 16 runs. He also was one of the better defensive catchers in recent county history. Hedges was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the second round. He signed with UCLA.
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.
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.