As the non-waiver trade deadline draws closer, the Los Angeles Dodgers remain steadfast in their reluctance to include Joc Pederson in a trade.
The outfielder is regarded as the best prospect in the Dodgers’ Minor League ranks and dating back to last season, many have called for his promotion to the Majors. Drafted in the 11th round of the 2010 draft, this season is Pederson’s first at the Triple-A level. After one season with Double-A Chattanooga, Pederson has put together an impressive season with the Isotopes.
The center fielder suffered a scare when he was removed from a June 24 game due to a separated shoulder and was placed on the disabled list.
Now, 13 days after the injury, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports Pederson has been activated from the DL:
Joc Pederson (shoulder) returns to triple-A Albuquerque.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 9, 2014
Pederson’s return coincides with Carl Crawford completing his rehab assignment with the team. He also joins an Isotopes outfield that now includes Roger Bernadina.
According to Chris Jackson of Examiner.com, Pederson is in Wednesday’s lineup:
#Topes lineup for tonight: Robinson 7, Pederson 8, Romak 5, FedEx 2, Peterson 3, Bernadina 9, Ibarra 6, Morales 4, Bennett 1.
— Chris Jackson (@TopesWriter) July 10, 2014
Pederson is hitting .319 with 42 RBIs and 17 home runs in 74 games; he also holds a 1.005 OPS. The left-handed center fielder will likely remain at the Triple-A level this season as Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has his hands full with five outfielders on the roster.
However, given the speculation the Dodgers may move one of their outfielders in the off-season, 2015 season may be the start of Pederson’s career at the big league level.
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