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September 2, 2014

The Call-Up

Joc Pederson

by Chris Rodriguez and Bret Sayre


The Situation: The Dodgers, just 15-14 since the beginning of August, look for a spark from a much-hyped outfield prospect. It’s happened before.

Background: Pederson, a former 11th round pick, has been one of the most dynamic players in the minor leagues all season, going 30/30 and winning his league’s MVP award. While he might not have that ceiling in the major leagues, Pederson can hit the baseball with authority and, after starting the season as the Dodgers’ no. 3 prospect, moved up to no. 2 (behind Julio Urias) and no. 17 overall in our midseason top 50.

Scouting Report: Pederson is listed a solid 6-foot-1 and 185, but I would venture to guess (based on watching a couple games on TV) that he weighs a little a closer to 200 now. His stance is balanced with a nice leg kick for timing, and his swing features bat speed and plenty of loft, which should allow for 20-plus home runs once he gets regular playing time. His hit tool plays to about average--there’s plenty of swing-and-miss in his game, as seen by his 149 strikeouts in 553 plate appearances in Triple-A.

He might become a player who has the “three true outcomes” tag, as he also walked 100 times in those plate appearances. Expect a relatively high on-base percentage, with over-the-fence power verses both right-handers and left-handers.

His speed on the stopwatch is an average 50 grade, but he stole 30 bases this season, suggesting he is a very good baserunner. I asked a scout who he would prefer, Jackie Bradley Jr. or Pederson, and he said it was close but he’d choose Pederson. He thought he would become a better hitter in the long run. Another scout questioned his defense in center field, citing multiple defensive miscues in a single viewing. I would argue that his defense in center is better than anyone on the Dodgers’ current roster except for Puig. In any case, whether Pederson can play center or not (we’ll see in 2015), his bat will allow him to play in either corner, most likely settling in left field for the majority of his career.

Immediate Big League Future: If he plays well in his limited time in the majors this September, he might even get the opportunity to make the postseason roster instead of the struggling

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