Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking a look at how the Padres’ organizational talent stacks up position-by-position. Anyone included on a roster of any of the US affiliates will be listed. Be sure to check out the entire Organizational Audit series.
Major League Situation -
Hundley is having a very nice season as the Padres’ primary catcher this year. He’s had two stretches in 2011 that have elevated his offensive numbers to respectable levels – .292/.352/.472 in 298 plate appearances – but injuries have once again taken a toll on the 28-year-old backstop. While there are some in the organization who believe he is a legitimate everyday option – including his manager – Hundley is yet to show he can stay healthy and effective for an entire season.
Martinez looked like more than an org player in the minors, but never developed enough to be considered a great prospect. With his skill set he has the ability to be a decent backup catcher for the foreseeable future.
Top Prospect -
Anyone who is even slightly interested in Padres prospects knows who Hedges is. Although he is just 19, Hedges has captured the attention of many San Diegans and Padres fans abroad with his strong defensive abilities and offensive potential. With just 34 plate appearances in professional baseball to his name, Hedges is still a long way off but his ceiling is among the highest in the organization.