UPDATE (July 13, 10:15 AM): Joc Pederson will bat eighth and play left field for the National League All-Star team. He’s the first Dodgers player to start in left field since Tommy Davis in 1963.
It’s been quite a first half of baseball for Los Angeles Dodgers rookie center fielder Joc Pederson thus far.
He’s taken over the spot in center field for the first place Dodgers, been moved to the leadoff spot in the lineup, provided Gold Glove-caliber defense and become one of the rising stars in baseball. All that contributed to Pederson being named to the National League All-Star team, and his 20 home runs contributed to him being a participant in the Home Run Derby.
Now, he can add another achievement to his first full half of baseball: All-Star Game starter.
It was announced that the 23-year-old will replace Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals as one of the three starting outfielders for Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic. He becomes the first rookie position player to start an All-Star Game in Dodgers history.
Pederson will be busy the next two days, participating in the HR Derby on Monday and now starting the game on Tuesday. He wil be joined by teammates Zack Greinke, Yasmani Grandal, Adrian Gonzalez and Clayton Kershaw, who was named to the team on Sunday. This is the first time since 1995 that the Dodgers have had five players named to the All-Star team.