Despite being among the favorites to win the 2015 World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new roster is fraught with uncertainty. Of the question marks, however, none looms larger than center fielder Joc Pederson.
In Pederson, the Dodger front office is banking on the fact that one of the team’s top prospects won’t remain a question mark for long — something the experts seem to agree with.
According to a compilation of three of the best projection systems — ZIPS, Steamer and Bill James — Pederson is projected to finish the 2015 season batting .244/.333/.423 with 23 home runs and 23 stolen bases.
To put that in perspective, his OPS of .756 would have ranked him just behind Aramis Ramirez and Torii Hunter, but ahead of Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Carpenter and Jacoby Ellsbury. Looking at Pederson’s overall stat line, his numbers compare to the 2014 output of players such as, Ian Desmond and Khris Davis.
Suffice to say, the Dodgers would likely be pleased with that type of offensive production from Pederson, whom they assume will be a major defensive upgrade as well.
With all this in mind, however, it begs the question: how much do Dodger fans really know about Pederson? I mean, we’ve heard the hype and gotten familiar with the name, but do we really know much about Pederson other than that?
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