Joc Pederson is one of the most highly touted prospects in all of baseball, despite his struggles in a small batch of games in September.
Pederson is considered the Dodgers top outfield prospect and has put up big numbers the past two seasons in the minors. He finally reached the big leagues this season as part of September call-ups. While many expect him to be a starting outfielder next season, his future with the Dodgers is unknown as they currently have five other capable starting outfielders.
In order to prepare for next season, Pederson tweeted that he will be heading to play in the Dominican winter league:
?? Headed to Dominican to play for @EscogidoBBClub ??????
— Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) October 16, 2014
Last year Pederson played in Venezuela with the Cardenales de Lara. He hit .255 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 34 games. Despite his low batting average, Pederson was able to have a .439 on-base percentage thanks to 36 walks.
Pederson spent most of 2013 with the Albuquerque Isotopes and hit .333 with 33 home runs and 78 RBIs. He also added 30 stolen bases to become the first 30/30 player in the Pacific Coast League since 1934. The 22-year-old participated in 18 games for the Dodgers and had just four hits in 28 at-bats for a .143 batting average. He was able to draw nine walks; however, he also struck out 11 times.
Depending on what happens this off-season, Pederson could once again find himself in the minors beginning next year. If the Dodgers are able to move one or more of their outfielders in the winter, then Pederson could come into the spring battling for a starting spot.
Either way, Pederson is working to improve his game and will get more experience in the winter league.