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Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: AUSTIN HEDGES C SAN DIEGO PADRES

One of the more sought-after and valuable players in annual fantasy baseball leagues are your sleeper catchers that present upside on the offensive side of things.  Guys like Buster Posey, Carlos Santana, and more recently Gary Sanchez and Kyle Schwarber are some examples of guys who have seen their draft prices soar given small sample sizes of big-time ability with the bat.  As far as 2017 fantasy baseball is concerned, one such example can be found in the low-key environment of San Diego with the Padres as Austin Hedges gets set to begin the year as the starting catcher for the team.  Coming off a big performance in the minors last season where he did good things with the bat (.326 with 21 home runs....but in the PCL league), the former 2011 second round pick has done just fine this spring as well.  Hedges put up an exclamation point outing on Wednesday as he swatted two home runs and raised his spring average to 310.  While Petco Park is a drag, Hedges looks like he knows what he is doing with the bat and given how utterly shallow the catcher position is once again, he should be owned in all formats given the upside he brings to the table.  I myself have picked up Hedges in the Experts League and am expecting some big things this season.


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