So this could have been life-altering, had Padres prospect Austin Hedges not been wearing a cup:
Austin Hedges got hit in a sensitive place. Shook it off. Padres grade him 80 on toughness: pic.twitter.com/GafpGqMT9o— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) February 17, 2014
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.