More than anything, Pederson just seemed to lack confidence as his slump continued. He appeared to be pressing at the plate, and after every 0-4 game, you could see his frustration grow.
Next year will be a fresh start, and it will be interesting to see what adjustments Pederson makes. One would assume that cutting down on those strikeouts, and putting more balls in play, would be a point of emphasis. Perhaps ditching the Paul Bunyan sized bat he currently uses would help. During the last few weeks of the season, he already seemed to have made some changes to his batting stance. He had a noticeable bend in his knees and wasn’t standing so straight up, as he had throughout the year. However, with such a short sample size, it’s hard to say whether that adjustment had any positive effects.
As Pederson’s development continues, the Dodgers are hoping that he’ll be able to provide some more consistency, and become a key contributor in the offence. And despite his struggles in 2015, it’s hard to think that he won’t be penciled in as the starting center-fielder to begin next year. Whether he stays there or not will likely depend on what type of improvements he makes at the plate. It’s just one of many questions the Dodgers will face this off-season, albeit a very important one.
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