For Dodgers fans that have been around since the team drafted Joc Pederson in 2010, it’s been quite a journey. Joc shot through the farm system with plus power and the potential to hit a ton of homeruns and swipe a ton of bags.
When he did get up to the big league team in late 2014, the Dodgers got to see a young kid with a wild swing. Joc evolved the next year into a true power hitter, knocking 26 homeruns and striking out 170 times.
But what set him apart was his early ability to take free bases when they were given to him. Joc drew 92 walks in his first full season with the Dodgers and was selected to the All-Star team. Despite his high strikeout percentage, Joc got on base at a .346 clip, making him an intriguing piece for the team.
This week, Joc said goodbye to the organization that drafted him. In a letter written to the city of Los Angeles, Pederson thanked the franchise and fans for all of the support. But be ready for it Dodgers fans, it’s sure to induce some tears.
I love the Dodgers, man. I love LA. That city, that organization, those fans, my teammates….. that’s family. But I think part of being family is being honest with each other. And as memorable of a run as it was for me there — honestly, I think we both agreed that it was time to part ways.
Joc signed a 1-year deal with the Cubs to possibly be an every day player this offseason. And while he may no longer be wearing a Dodgers uniform, he will always be loved in Los Angeles. Thanks for everything Joc!
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