One issue caught in the limelight for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season has been their abundance of outfielders. The talented roster has five potential starting outfielders along with one prospect in the Minors waiting to be called up.
That of course would be Joc Pederson. The Paolo Alto, Calif. native has been flourishing for Triple-A Albuquerque with 24 home runs, 58 RBIs, 25 stolen bases, and a .307 batting average in 97 games.
General Manager Ned Colletti was a guest on ESPN LA Now with Mark Willard on Monday and reiterated the high expectations he has for the 22 year old:
He has a chance not to just be a big league player, but to be a real good one.”
Colletti then offered one explanation as to why Pederson has yet to join the Dodgers roster:
He is getting better. To say that he is ready to play in the big leagues right now without it being an emergency situation would probably be a stretch… It’s not easy in the big leagues. It’s the biggest jump of all in our sport. From Triple-A to the big leagues and he would need playing time up here, but he also needs the time that he is getting down there.”
The Dodgers’ outfielders have constantly had to deal with the lack of playing time available and Pederson being called up would just add another factor into the equation to deal with.
Colletti was also adamant that the young talent would currently be best served playing for the Isotopes:
Joc is coming on, but he still needs some more time. He has an opportunity there to play every day and to adjust every day.”
Colletti, who has been associated with Major League Baseball for 32 years, ended the discussion about Pederson by stating he would not rule out calling him up when the roster can expand to 40 on September 1.
Pederson is one of the the Dodgers’ top-three prospects in their farm system that they are determined to watch develop as they did not trade any of them at the non-waiver deadline.
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