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Padres notes: One way or another, pair of catchers are 'building blocks'

A day after Francisco Mejia’s walk-off grand slam, Austin Hedges was back in the starting lineup – as per the plan when the Padres called up Mejia on Sept. 4 and said their two young catchers would split time. Since Mejia joined the team, he and Hedges have had remarkably similar numbers. Mejia...

Catchers to watch in Padres’ farm system

With a general bend toward building around up-the-middle players, General Manager A.J. Preller in four-plus years on the job has completely overhauled the catching depth that fell off greatly behind Austin Hedges, the defensive whiz he inherited from the previous regime. To do it, he used the Rule...
Friars on Base Sep 15, 2018

San Diego Padres: We Finally Saw The Arm Of Francisco Mejia

The top-ranked catching prospect in baseball showed off his arm last night for the San Diego Padres. When the San Diego Padres traded for the top catching prospect in Major League Baseball, the team immediately announced that Francisco Mejia would be sent to AAA El Paso to continue to hone his defensive craft. Fans have already […] San Diego Padres: We Finally Saw The Arm Of Francisco Mejia - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Improvement of self has helped Hedges be all he can for other Padres

Here’s the thing about Padres catcher Austin Hedges, according to one of his pitchers and, really, all of his pitchers: “He’s all about you,” Matt Strahm said. And yet, Hedges had to learn how to be about himself – to work on himself and enjoy himself – in order to be all he could be and all he...

Padres notes: Urias' pop; Castillo's streak

After watching Luis Urias for a time earlier this season while on a rehab assignment in Triple-A, Austin Hedges made a prediction about the diminutive second baseman who had 30 doubles and eight home runs for El Paso this season. The potential is evident already. “The power is going to come,” Hedges...

Hedges welcomes Mejia, plans to be Padres catcher

Austin Hedges intends to be the Padres primary catcher for some time. In the most supportive, cooperative way possible, he is going about showing that. Pretty much same as before Mejia Mania. Several hours prior to Friday night’s game, Hedges got up from the chair in the middle of the visitors’...

Talking with ... Padres reliever Rowan Wick

Rowan Wick was a catcher when the St. Louis Cardinals drafted him in the ninth round out of Cypress College in 2012. He was a right fielder the following year in rookie ball. Today, the 25-year-old Canadian is yet another rookie reliever in a young Padres bullpen. Union-Tribune: Austin Hedges ran...
Friars on Base Sep 5, 2018

San Diego Padres: Francisco Mejia Makes Padres Debut

The San Diego Padres brought up another top prospect, on Tuesday afternoon, to make his major league debut. It was only a matter of time before the San Diego Padres called up top catching prospect Francisco Mejia. While many assumed it was going to happen after the El Paso Chihuahuas completed their playoff run, the Padres […] San Diego Padres: Francisco Mejia Makes Padres Debut - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Padres notes: Green avoids ejection; Ellis' season all but done; Reyes streaks on

Padres manager Andy Green knew he wasn’t going to win a challenge regarding whether Diamondbacks runner Daniel Descalso had knocked a ball from catcher Austin Hedges’ glove on a scoring play during Tuesday night’s 6-0 loss. But it being the seventh inning and not wanting to cede another run, Green...

Padres calling up catcher Francisco Mejia

On Monday, Padres manager Andy Green made an impassioned case that there was room on the Padres roster for both Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejia. It is time to find out. The Padres’ No.3 prospect, considered the top catcher in the minor leagues, has been recalled and will join the team in time...

Padres' young rotation getting a chance to impress

As another prospect arrived at Petco Park, a half-hearted debate unfolded in the Padres’ dugout. The subject: The “waves of talent” that General Manger A.J. Preller sees carrying this franchise back to relevance. Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges most definitely rode the first one...

Villanueva's walk-off single lifts Padres over Diamondbacks

There was a giant cake in the Padres clubhouse Saturday afternoon to celebrate Austin Hedges' 26th birthday. In the fifth inning, the Padres catcher gave his team its first lead of the week with an RBI single. It was Christian Villanueva who provided the icing on Saturday night’s 7-6 victory –...

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