The 2015 season has been a long one for Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson. Beginning on Opening Day as the starting center fielder, Pederson rose to stardom by playing stellar defense up the middle and swinging a big bat.
However, as the season wore on so too did Pederson’s effectiveness at the plate. By July his walks were no longer offsetting the strikeouts at high clip and his struggles carried into August. Kiké Hernandez replaced Pederson as the everyday center fielder, but then suffered a strained hamstring.
Pederson’s returned to anchor the outfield defense and a retooled batting stance. Although it wound up coming in a losing effort, Pederson offered another reminder as to what value he brings to the club.
With the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies tied in the seventh inning, Pederson ran quite a long distance to make a diving catch in the left-center field gap to rob Corey Dickerson of a likely extra-base hit that would’ve scored the go-ahead run. Pederson’s grab was tracked by MLB’s Statcast technology and he graded out well in terms of route efficiency.