Eric Karros knows a thing or two about the first base position after playing over 1,500 games there for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1991 to 2002.
I asked the Los Angeles Dodgers' leader in games played at first base about Joc Pederson: "He's done as well as anybody could expect," Eric Karros said. Notes: https://t.co/3HOVIpknGe
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 3, 2019
Karros talked to JP Hoornstra of The Orange County Register about Joc Pederson’s conversion to a first baseman/outfielder and his expansion on his versatiltiy. EK had nothing but positive things to say:
“It’s an athletic position, you’re involved in almost every play, and with the way the game is now, you have to be athletic. Joc is athletic. The only thing he’s lacking is experience.”
Although Karros might be being generous in his assessment of Joc Pederson’s athleticism, he is exactly right. Nine games at a new position is not enough of a sample size to judge Joc’s move to first base. Sure, he has made some errors, mental or physical, at his new part-time home, but he is learning.
Karros on Joc
Karros continued on:
“For me, Joc’s looked pretty good and he’s done as well as anybody could expect. He’s learning at the big league level.”
Inside of the article, the longtime first baseman discussed the ‘little things’ of playing first base and explained that as Joc logs more innings at first base, the more they become second nature and the better he will be defensively.
Although the early results are not promising in the “Joc Pederson, First Baseman” experiment, time will only help. Eric Karros having faith in Pederson should force us to give him time as well.
Heading into Wednesday night’s game, Joc has played just 66 innings at first base this season — and in his major-league career for that matter — and has made 2 errors and has been worth just -1 DRS. It could be worse!