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San Diego Padres Austin Hedges & Matt Wisler makes Baseball America’s Midseason Top 50 Prospects


San Diego, CA- San Diego Padres prospects catcher Austin Hedges and right handed pitcher Matt Wisler are ranked in Baseball America’s Midseason Top 50 prospects.

In Baseball America’s preseason rankings Austin Hedges was ranked 27th and Matt Wisler was ranked 44th.

In Baseball America’s Midseason rankings Austin Hedges rose in the rankings to No. 17 and Matt Wisler rose to 41st.

Austin Hedges the top catching prospect in baseball has had a solid first half of the season for the Missions, batting .249 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 72 games in Double-A for the San Antonio Missions. Hedges has continued to excel on defense with his elite receiving skills and major league caliber defensive skills, but the only question with Hedges is will his bat develop to match his defensive skills. His offensive skills have continued to improve the past few seasons and his performance this season, is an excellent sign for Austin Hedges development. Hedges may be close to a promotion as well, but there isn’t a rush to get Hedges to the big leagues until he is completely ready.

Matt Wisler struggled when he was first promoted from Double-A, but has shown improvement in his performance recently with a 2.10 ERA in his last six starts. On the season Wisler is (5-4) with a 5.63 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 92.1 innings. 

The San Diego Padres hope his recent success in the past month will continue into the 2nd half, as the San Diego Padres will need to add another starter into the rotation if another injury occurs and when Jesse Hahn reaches his season innings limit. Wisler will be expected to fill a spot in the rotation when needed and should challenge for a spot in the Padres rotation next season.

Also included in the report was the recognition of San Diego Padres 18-year-old 1B prospect Jake Bauers was named to Baseball America’s all-surprise team.

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