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Despite being among the favorites to win the 2015 World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new roster is fraught with uncertainty. Of the question marks, however, none looms larger than center fielder Joc Pederson.

In Pederson, the Dodger front office is banking on the fact that one of the team’s top prospects won’t remain a question mark for long — something the experts seem to agree with.

According to a compilation of three of the best projection systems — ZIPS, Steamer and Bill James — Pederson is projected to finish the 2015 season batting .244/.333/.423 with 23 home runs and 23 stolen bases.

To put that in perspective, his OPS of .756 would have ranked him just behind Aramis Ramirez and Torii Hunter, but ahead of Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Carpenter and Jacoby Ellsbury. Looking at Pederson’s overall stat line, his numbers compare to the 2014 output of players such as, Ian Desmond and Khris Davis.

Suffice to say, the Dodgers would likely be pleased with that type of offensive production from Pederson, whom they assume will be a major defensive upgrade as well.

With all this in mind, however, it begs the question: how much do Dodger fans really know about Pederson? I mean, we’ve heard the hype and gotten familiar with the name, but do we really know much about Pederson other than that?

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Jeff Spiegel has been a staff contributor for DodgersNation.com since 2012. Jeff grew up in Oak Park, California before attending the University of Oregon. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @jeffspiegel.

5 Responses

  1. Michael N. Norris

    I think expecting those kinds of numbers is extremely optimistic. The kid has skills, but until he cuts down his K’s I doubt he will hit that high..more like the .220’s…

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    • Paul Togneri

      He will strikeout plenty but why does it matter how he makes outs? He will hit .250 and at least 15 hrs and 25 doubles with 20+ steals.

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      • Michael N. Norris

        Expecting that kind of production from him is extremely optimistic. First of all he has to win the job in spring which is no lock., He hits like he did the last 3 years in spring and he is on his way to AAA which in my book is ok because he is only 23 this year…and another year facing better pitching will not hurt him….

  2. Elihu Robert Torres

    So high expectations… from these kid, I happy if he can hit for 280 and 14 H 65 RBI and 21Stolen bases and run for a Rookie of the year! And cut the strike out percentage.

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  3. Ron Grabyan

    Joc has potential, but two things are a major concern: 1) he strikes way too much, and 2) he was terrible in his major league debut last year. I say we give give Ethier an undisputed run, and we will see his old form–don’t let Mattingly screw up his rhythm by moving him unpredictably in and out of the line-up.

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