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Cup-check photo of the day: Padres catcher Austin Hedges

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

So this could have been life-altering, had Padres prospect Austin Hedges not been wearing a cup:

Yikes.

Remember, kids, catchers need extra protection. This isn't a laughing matter.

Hedges, 21, hit .260/.333/.390 with 25 doubles, four homers and 38 RBI in 86 games across High-A and Double-A last season. He enters this year ranked as the 58th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.

And he definitely wears his proper gear behind the plate at all times.

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