2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Austin Hedges
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
After hitting 18 home runs in 120 games back in 2017, Austin Hedges was a popular late round source of power behind the plate for fantasy owners. It was widely known that Hedges would be a negative in terms of batting average, but he displayed that he could potentially be a 20 home run bat behind the plate, which at that point, in the later rounds of drafts, you could do much worse than Hedges as your second catcher. Hedges didn’t quite live up to the power potential in 2018, but his 21.6 AB/HR last season was comparable to his 2017 mark (21.5). An elbow ailment cost him some time, limiting him to just 91 games played last year.
At this point, even though Hedges is just 26 years old, has just 275 major league games under his belt and has yet to hit his theoretical prime, we have an idea of what kind of player he his. Hedges is an above-average defender with one of the league’s best pop times but is an average offense option behind the dish. For his career, Hedges is a .210...