Hitter of the Week – Joc Pederson
The 22-year-old slugger struggled a bit in May, as his batting average dropped to .277 and he struck out 36 times in 26 games. Pederson did hit nine home runs, but the power stroke cost him the ability to make contact.
So far, in June, Pederson has gotten back to his more contact-oriented approach while still hitting for power. In six June games, he has five extra base hits. Pederson’s overall line is still very impressive at .339/.448/.638.
Pederson has improved drastically against lefties, hitting .289/.386/.553 when facing same-handed pitching. He likely won’t be up anytime soon but could be a valuable trade piece at the deadline.
Pitcher of the Week – Miguel Urena
Early last year, the Dodgers made a quartet of signings out in Latin America. One of them was Miguel Urena, an 18-year-old who was already listed at 6’8. Urena struggled during his debut in the Dominican Summer League, posting a 7.76 ERA in 12 games.
His 2014 debut was much better, as he went five scoreless innings with a walk and four strikeouts. The Dominican native already has a fastball that has touched the mid 90s but is understandably raw and will need to work hard to maintain his body and mechanics. However, Urena’s upside, as with any extra-tall pitcher, is enticing.
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