When Joc Pederson was called up to the Majors late in 2014, fans clamored for the player who finished with 33 home runs and 30 stolen bases in Triple-A. However, Pederson played sparingly and his impact was delayed to the 2015 season.
Now the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, not only has Pederson lived up to his expectations, he’s exceeded. The 23 year old has already hit 17 home runs, which leads all rookies and ties him once again for second place in the Majors behind Bryce Harper and Nelson Cruz.
After hitting the longest home run by any player in 2015 in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, Pederson blasted another home run Wednesday night:
Joc Pederson’s 8th-inning HR was calculated at 433 feet, his MLB-leading 9th HR of at least 425 feet this season. pic.twitter.com/866HC4oIHj
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 4, 2015
Pederson began the seven-game road trip with a respectable 12 home runs and ended it with a total of 17, slugging one home run in each of the last five games. Before the five home runs, the rookie center fielder had hit just four home runs on the road this season.
Pederson’s five-game home run streak ties a Dodgers franchise record and he’s the first to do it since Matt Kemp in 2010.