Hedges has been with the Padres since 2015 and was their primary catcher from 2017-20. In his career, the 28-year old and former second round draft pick is slashing just .199/.257/.359 with 49 home runs and 146 RBI’s in his career but has consistently graded out as one of the best defensive catchers in baseball.
He has shown pop in his career despite his low batting average as in 2017, he smacked 18 home runs and 55 RBI’s.
This season Hedges has struggled at the plate; however, as in 29 games, he’s slashing just .158/.258/.333 and three home runs and six RBI’s but has again played great defense as he’s made just one error with only one passed ball allowed.
In Cleveland, Hedges will likely slide into the backup catcher’s spot as Sandy Leon is hitting just .130 on the season.