Although the Los Angeles Dodgers played one and a half seasons with a surplus of outfielders, which created its share of issues, they didn’t exactly remedy the issue during the offseason.
Yes, Matt Kemp was traded to the San Diego Padres. However prior to that, Chris Heisey was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds. While Heisey factors into the Minor League picture, Kemp’s spot on the roster has essentially been assumed by Joc Pederson.
The rookie was handed the reins in center field after putting together a strong spring. Pederson’s defense has never been the question, evident by manager Don Mattingly last season referring to him as the best center fielder in the organization.
Pederson made a somersault catch during the exhibition Freeway Series against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim and he’s regularly handled himself well at the position. On Wednesday, Pederson added to his young collection of impressive catches as he laid out to snare a sinking liner and rob Mike Zunino of a likely extra-base hit.
Later in the game, Pederson tormented Zunino again as he threw him out at the plate on the catcher’s attempt to score on Justin Ruggiano’s base hit to center field.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 16, 2015