With the minor league season over, we’re in our third installment of minor league player reviews as we take a look at Dodgers top outfield prospect Joc Pederson.
Pederson is a highly touted prospects, but with four capable outfielders on the big league roster already, it remains to be seen how the Dodgers play out this situation.
NAME: Joc Pederson
WEIGHT: 185 LBS
SEASON IN REVIEW
After Yasiel Puig joined the Dodgers, Joc Pederson, a 22 year old outfielder from Palo Alto, Ca. became the Dodgers’ top prospect in their farm system. Pederson spent this year in Double-A playing for the Chattanooga Lookouts where he stood out as not only the team’s most consistent player, but also their best player.
Pederson played in 123 games where he hit for an average of .278. He had 439 at-bats and hit 22 home runs, drove in 58 RBIs and scored 81 runs while stealing 31 bases and working 70 walks.
The numbers that Pederson put up this season had a lot of fans wondering if the Dodgers were going to possibly trade him at trade deadline in exchange for another starter to anchor the back end of the rotation. However, the Dodgers did in fact elect to hold on to him in hopes that he can one day pan out to be the player that he looks like he can be.
Pederson was so impressive this season that he got an invitation to the 2013 Futures Game at Citi Field as he’s surprised many with his all around talent.
FUTURE GOING FORWARD
Pederson will most likely continue to be the Dodgers’ top prospect while he plays in the minor league system. I can only imagine that Pederson will receive an invite to big league spring training and try to really get some experience under his belt before he most likely moves up to Triple-A next season.
If Pederson can prove that he can in fact succeed at the major league level, which he certainly looks capable of doing, it opens up endless possibilities and flexibilty for the future of the Dodgers outfield. The way it looks right now is that the Dodgers have their main four outfielders with Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, and Andre Eithier, but after that you have Scott Van Slyke, Alex Castellanos and I think Pederson is right behind them.
We can all agree, having seven major league talent outfielders is not a recipe for success and while there are injury concerns, the depth might need to be traded. I’m not saying that the Dodgers should trade Pederson at all, but to solve the crowded outfield situation, some form of change will need to happen.
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