Padres drawing a lot of interest in their catchers


Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Padres are getting a “ton of inquiries” on all three of their catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Rene Rivera, and Austin Hedges. The free agent market for catchers, particularly with Russell Martin out of the picture, is rather weak and the Padres could look to capitalize.

Grandal, 25, was productive in his first full season, batting .225/.327/.401 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 443 plate appearances. He spent most of his time behind the dish, but also played some first base. When he was catching, he had trouble halting the running game, as he only threw out seven of 56 runners (12.5%).

Rivera, 31, was comparatively better all-around. He hit .252/.319/.432 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 329 plate appearances while nabbing 36 percent of runners.

Hedges, 22, was a consensus top prospect entering the 2014 season. He hit .225/.268/.321 with six home runs and 44 RBI in 457 plate appearances in his first full season at Double-A San Antonio.