The Los Angeles Dodgers refused to trade Joc Pederson in July and while he’s still in the Minors, the decision has continued to pay dividends for the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Pederson hit his 30th home run of the season to break a tie in the third inning of what wound up being an Isotopes loss on Monday. The home run was Pederson’s fourth in the last six games as he’s made a push to join the 30-30 club.
The last Pacific Coast League player to accomplish the feat was Frank Demaree in 1934. Jerry Sands was the last Dodgers prospect who surpassed 30 home runs; doing so with 35 in combined time with Single-A Great Lakes and Double-A Chattanooga in the 2010 season.
Pederson didn’t attempt to steal a base on Monday, has two in the last four games and is sitting on 28 for the season.
Pederson’s play has left many fans clamoring for his promotion to the Majors, which general manager Ned Colletti said would occur when rosters expand on Sept. 1.
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