Austin Charle Hedges
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.
- High School Junipero Serra Catholic High School
- Debut May 4, 2015
Catcher Austin Hedges made his major league debut in 2015.
Hedges was picked by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 2011 amateur draft. He was their sixth overall pick due to four supplemental round selections, following Cory Spangenberg, Joe Ross, Michael Kelly, fellow catcher Brett Austin and Jace Peterson. The 82nd overall pick, he was scouted by Josh Emmerick. He turned down a UCLA offer to sign.
Austin played briefly in 2011 for the AZL Padres (5 for 16, HR, 5 BB, 4 RBI in 5 G) and Eugene Emeralds (1 for 10, 2 BB). In 2012, he hit .279/.334/.451 with 28 doubles for the Fort Wayne TinCaps and threw out 31.5% of attempted base-stealers. Baseball America rated him as the #7 prospect in the Midwest League (between Aaron Sanchez and Kaleb Cowart) and the #6 Padres prospect. He opened 2013 with the Lake Elsinore Storm. He and Josh Phegley were picked as the US catchers for the 2013 Futures Game. When Phegley was called up to the majors and replaced by James McCann, Hedges got the start for the USA and hit 9th in a 4-2 win. He popped out against Andre Rienzo in the third and grounded out to Miguel Sano while facing Michael Ynoa in the 4th. The only runner who tried to steal off him, Xander Bogaerts, was gunned down. McCann replaced Hedges in the 6th.