Padres plan to promote catching prospect Austin Hedges


Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Times reports that the Padres are expected to promote catching prospect Austin Hedges on Monday.

With Derek Norris hitting well — he owns a .337/.352/.494 triple-slash line — Hedges likely won’t be seeing regular playing time. Instead, Hedges will probably take Wil Nieves’ role as back-up catcher and he should also get some at-bats as a pinch-hitter.

Hedges, 22, is batting .343/.413/.552 with two home runs and 15 RBI with Triple-A El Paso. He’s considered one of the best catching prospects in baseball along with Blake Swihart (recently promoted by the Red Sox), entering the season rated as the #27 overall prospect by Baseball America.