Hedges continues to impress in instructional league

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Hedges continues to impress in instructional league

Last October, and four months removed from being drafted, catcher Austin Hedges proved to the Padres during instructional league that he was ready to make the jump to Class A Fort Wayne at age 19. This year, Hedges, the No. 5 prospect in the Padres' organization and No. 82 overall prospect, according to MLB.com, didn't disappoint again during instructional league, though most of the raves were for his bat more than his advanced skills behind the plate, the trait the Padres fell in love with before the First-Year Player Draft in 2011.

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