Hedges finished off an amazing first half with Triple-A El Paso, going 3-5 with a double, two home runs and 8 RBI. Hedges continues to tear up Triple-A, awaiting a call back up to San Diego. With Derek Norris a potential option to be traded as the deadline nears, that time could come very soon. Even if Norris isn't traded, Hedges has done enough to force the Padres hand. He has nothing else to prove at Triple-A as he ends the first half with 16 home runs and 53 RBI in only 141 at-bats.
Hedges remains hot at Triple-A El Paso, earning him his second straight Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors. Over his past 10 games with El Paso, Hedges is hitting .425 with seven home runs and 21 RBI. The 23-year-old, who has always been known as a defensive-first catcher, is starting to look very comfortable at the plate. On the season in just 137 at-bats, Hedges is hitting a healthy .385 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI. Another positive sign in his numbers is his low strikeout rate (14.2%). In dynasty leagues, owners may have given up on Hedges as he struggled in his short stint with the Padres last season, so this might be the last chance to buy low. With the Padres considering trading Derek Norris at the trade deadline, Hedges could be catching in San Diego sooner than later.
Hedges had a huge day Thursday, going 3-for-6 with two home runs, a single, and four RBI. Hedges has been absolutely mashing in Triple-A El Paso, hitting .380/.427/780 with 11 homers in just 28 games. Thursday also made it seven homers in as many days for the 23-year-old catcher. Padres starting catcher Derek Norris has hit much better this past month, hitting .274 with five homers in June, but one wonders what more Hedges can do to deserve a call-up.
Hedges collected three hits, including a home run and four RBI for Triple-A El Paso Tuesday. Hedges continues to swing a hot bat, hitting .361 with three home runs and nine RBI in his last 10 games. Hedges, not really known for his hit tool, should see time behind the plate with the Padres at some point this season. In limited time with the Padres last season, Hedges hit only .168 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 137 at-bats.
Hedges (hand) was activated off the 7-day disabled list Thursday, Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune reports. Hedges returns to the Triple-A El Paso roster after being on the shelf for six weeks due to a broken hamate bone in his hand. Given the length of his downtime, Hedges will likely remain at Triple-A for the foreseeable future while Derek Norris and Christian Bethancourt serve as the regular backstops up at the major league level for the Padres.