It has been quite a year for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top outfield prospect, Joc Pederson.
After spending some time with the big-league club in spring training, Pederson went on to enjoy a fine season in Triple-A with the Albuquerque Isotopes. He became the Pacific Coast League’s first player with at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases since 1934. He was also named to the All-PCL team and was named Rookie of the Year for his inaugural Triple-A season.
It was announced on Wednesday that the 22-year-old was named Most Valuable Player of the PCL.
In 118 games, Pederson hit .304 with 33 home runs, 76 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He was named an All-Star back in July and leads the PCL in runs (101), total bases (256), walks (96), on-base percentage (.434) and OPS (1.024). The slugging outfielder was chosen by managers and media representatives and beat out fellow prospects Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Shane Peterson.
Many expected Pederson to be promoted to the major leagues this season, but the Dodgers have a logjam in the outfield and no room for their young prospect. Manager Don Mattingly previously said that Pederson would only be promoted if there was a full-time position available. However, the left-handed hitting Pederson may find himself with the Dodgers in the coming days. General manager Ned Colletti recently said that the team planned to promote Pederson when the rosters expand on September 1.
Pederson, along with Corey Seager and Julio Urias, formed a “big three” of prospect for the Dodgers that were deemed untouchable at the trade deadline. Seager was recently named MVP in his respective league and both Seager and Urias were also All-Stars. The three could be critical components in Los Angeles in the future.
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