By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
December 6, 2010
Austin Hedges is a guy I have seen quite a bit of in the past few years, all the way back to Angel Elite in 2009, a high school game in 2010, then Area Codes and Aflac later in the summer, and a few at-bats in September scout ball. His college commitment is to UCLA, where he might catch right-hander Lucas Giolito in 2013 if both guys get to Jackie Robinson. (Savage is reading this, praying the prayer of the college baseball coach).
On my reports, I can usually tell you how many games and innings I have seen a guy. In the case of Hedges, I’ve seen him more than I’ve seen of myself. The report will note that accordingly.
Austin Hedges, C
JSerra HS, CA
Games Seen: A lot. Innings: A ton.
Bat: R/Throw: R
Hit Type: Straight away
Stance/Hit Approach: Square stance, balanced stride, compact stroke with bat speed and uppercut.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Average height and build, strong, athletic and flexible lower half, loose limbs.
STRENGTHS: Aggressive hitter with short and compact stroke with ability to lift and drive. Home run and gap power potential. Live arm, works right, throws carry through bag and on target, ability to throw out the good runners. Good body control behind plate.
WEAKNESSES: Below average but capable runner.
SUMMATION: Potential everyday ML catcher with RH power potential and above-average arm strength and solid defense.
Adjusted OFP = 57.5 (Ruled out running grade)