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31 Joc Pederson CF
Height/Weight: 6-1/185 | Birthdate: 4/21/1992 | Birthplace: Palo Alto, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Los Angeles | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 99/92 | Average Draft Position: 169.34
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Dodgers CF Joc Pederson blasts 12th home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:32 am ET) Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson went 1 for 4 at the plate in Los Angeles' 2-0 win over the Padres on Saturday.

Pederson did his damage in the first inning when he crushed a lead off home run over the right field wall off of Ian Kennedy, his 12th of the season. He has now tied a Dodgers' rookie record for most leadoff home runs in season with Johnny Frederick, who set the record in 1929.

Pederson is now hitting .243 with 23 RBI in 136 at-bats this season.


Dodgers OF Joc Pederson hits 11th home run of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson smacked his 11th home run of the season to propel the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the Padres on Friday.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Pederson hit a solo shot off Joaquin Benoit. He finished the game 2 for 4. Pederson is 8 for 40 with two home runs over his last 10 games.


Dodgers CF Joc Pederson gets a breather on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) For just the third time this season, Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson is not in the starting lineup. Pederson has been slumping lately at the plate, hitting just .154 with seven punchouts in his last seven games. So manager Don Mattingly has decided to give the youngster a rest for Saturday's matchup with the Rockies.

Enrique Hernandez will fill in at center field and bat leadoff on Saturday. 


Dodgers' Joc Pederson, Enrique Hernandez homer in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and shortstop Enrique Hernandez both hit home runs in Wednesday night's 5-4 loss to the Marlins. 

Both hit their home runs in the fifth inning. Hernandez hit a two-run homer and Pederson hit a solo shot. The Dodgers scored three runs in the inning. 

For Pederson, that's his 10th homer of the season. Hernandez hit his first of the year. 


Dodgers vets keep Joc Pederson humble despite homers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Dodgers rookie outfielder Joc Pederson is third in the National League with nine home runs. That included a streak where Pederson's last seven hits were all home runs. 

"We didn't know we were going to get this much power," manager Don Mattingly said, per the Los Angeles Times. "Obviously the power is there, but to get it this early..."

Despite the power surge, Mattingly isn't concerned that Pederson will get cocky or start swinging for the fences. There are plenty of veterans in the clubhouse to keep him focused. 

"I think we have enough people around here to keep him thinking the right way," Mattingly said. "He's a guy who's trying to hit the ball hard somewhere. If he hits it, it usually goes."


Dodgers' Joc Pederson smacks two home runs Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson connected on two home runs during Wednesday's game against the Brewers, but it was not enough as the Dodgers fell 6-3.

Each of the home runs were solo shots off Brewers starter Wily Peralta. Pederson now has nine home runs on the season and is batting .272. The two home runs were his lone hits in four at-bats Wednesday.


Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson blasts seventh home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson went 1 for 4 at the plate in Los Angeles' 4-3 loss to the Brewers on Monday. Pederson did his damage in the first inning, crushing a lead off home run off of Kyle Lohse, his seventh of the season.

Pederson moved his average to .270 with 16 RBI in 74 at-bats.


Dodgers CF Joc Pederson hits fourth home run in four games


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson went 1 for 5 at the plate in Los Angeles' 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday. 

Pederson got things going in the seventh when he ripped the first pitch he saw from Evan Marshall over the center field wall, his fourth consecutive game with an at-bat in which he's hit a home run, becoming the first Dodger to accomplish that feat since Bill Sudakis in 1969, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

"Obviously, huge for us," manager Don Mattingly said after the game, per MLB.com. "It shows how strong Joc is, to go the opposite way, there's a lot there. I do think he's making adjustments."

Pederson is now hitting .292 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 65 at-bats.


Dodgers CF Joc Pederson smacks grand slam during Friday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson broke open Friday's game against the Diamondbacks when he hit a grand slam off Rubby De La Rosa in the second inning to help send the Dodgers to a 8-0 win.

It was Pederson's fifth home run of the season. He finished the game 1 for 3 and is now batting .300 on the season. The four RBI were a season high for Pederson.


Dodgers' Pederson hits leadoff home run in win over Giants


(4/30/2015) Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson batted in the leadoff position for the first time in his career on Wednesday, and he did not disappoint. Pederson led off the Dodgers' half of the first inning with his fourth home run of the season. He also walked once and struck out once as the Dodgers defeated the Giants 7-3.

Pederson entered Wednesday's contest with the third-best on-base percentage in the National League, and with usual leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins struggling, manager Don Mattingly moved Pederson from the eighth spot to the top of the lineup.

"Obviously, he's handled that eighth spot," Mattingly said, per the Los Angeles Times. "It's really a tough spot for a young player, with that pitcher behind you. We're not asking him to do anything differently. I know everybody makes a big deal out of lineup changes and things, but you're not doing anything differently.

Pederson is slashing .348/.500/.826 with three home runs and six RBI over his last 10 games.


Dodgers shake up top of lineup, Pederson leading off vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson is leading off for the first time this season Wednesday in his team's matchup with the Giants.

"He may end up back [eighth]," manager Don Mattingly said before the game, per MLB.com. "We don't know when Yasiel [Puig] comes back. For now, I feel he fits right there [at leadoff]."

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been moved to No. 2 in the order, making it his first start this season out of the leadoff slot. Manager Don Mattingly also flipped first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and second baseman Howie Kendrick, with Kendrick moving up to the third spot and Gonzalez batting cleanup.

The Dodgers are heavy favorites (-200) against the Giants at home Wednesday.


Dodgers' Joc Pederson, Justin Turner go deep Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and infielder Justin Turner each connected on a home run Monday to help lead the Dodgers to a 8-3 victory over the Giants.

Pederson hit a solo shot off George Kontos in the sixth inning for his third home run of the season. Pederson also doubled to finish the game 2 for 3 with two RBI.

"He made a great play in the first," manager Don Mattingly said of Pederson after the game, per MLB.com. "Then the double, the home run, even the walk late [in the eighth inning]. It's tough for a young player to take a 3-2 pitch sometimes. That walk gets J.T. [Justin Turner] up there at a good time."

Meanwhile, Turner broke the game open in the eighth inning when he connected on a three-run home run off Yusmeiro Petit. Turner was pinch hitting when he belted the home run. It was his first of the season.


Dodgers' Pederson showing early on he can handle everyday role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Coming into the season, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly chose not to name rookie Joc Pederson the team's starting center fielder. Instead, he opted to say, "You're going to see Joc a lot in center field."

Well, at least Mattingly didn't lie in that regard. Pederson has started all nine games in center field for the Dodgers this season. Thus far, the rookie has been able to handle the everyday responsibilities.

Pederson reached base in every plate appearance during Wednesday's 5-2 win against the Mariners. He had a single and three walks. He also has one RBI.

While Pederson has had just one multihit game, he is batting .310 (9 for 29) with a .444 on-base percentage, .517 slugging percentage and .962 OPS. He also has one home run, three doubles, four RBI, six runs, seven walks and one stolen base.

About the only negatives for Pederson is that he has 11 strikeouts and has been caught stealing twice.

“It’s a tough spot for a young player, that eight hole,” Mattingly said, per the Los Angeles Times. “Tough spot for him to know when to be patient. He has a good eye so I think it’s just him staying with his game plan.”


Dodgers' Puig, Guerrero, Pederson all homer against Diamondbacks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) The Dodgers got three home runs from their lineup in Sunday's 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Yasiel Puig, Alex Guerrero and Joc Pederson all hit home runs in the game. Puig hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth, Pederson hit a solo shot in the sixth and Guerrero hit a two-run home run in the ninth. 

Guerrero totaled four RBI in the game and now holds a .429 batting average. Puig is hitting .136 and Pederson is batting .286. 

''He's been hitting since all last spring, all last year — he can hit,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said about Guerrero, via the Associated Press. ''Our biggest fear was defensively, how he looked last year, but he's been good all through spring.''


Joc Pederson to get bulk of playing time in CF for Dodgers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly stopped short Monday of calling rookie Joc Pederson the team's starting center fielder, but he added, "You're going to see Joc a lot in center field."

"We really like the way Joc goes about his business," Mattingly said, per MLB.com. 

Mattingly added Scott Van Slyke and Andre Ethier are likely going to start in center field the days Pederson is off, per the Los Angeles Times

Mattingly said he spoke with Ethier over the weekend about his reserve role. Ethier was hoping to be a starter -- either with the Dodgers or another team.

"Any step can change his whole situation," Mattingly said. "If one guy takes a bad step, turns an ankle, Andre's playing every day."


Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson starts in center on Opening Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson drew the start in center field for Monday's season opener against the Padres. He was penciled in to hit seventh against starting pitcher James Shields.

Pederson had a great spring offensively, batting .338 with five doubles, six home runs, 13 RBI and 14 runs in 26 games.


Dodgers Joc Pederson still not named starting centerfielder


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is believed to have the center field position about locked up, but manager Don Mattingly still hasn't made his official decision, reports MLB.com.

"You can read between the lines," Mattingly said Saturday. 

Pederson started in center during the final week of spring training and hit .349 with six home runs and 13 RBI in 63 plate appearances.


Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson continues to make his case


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson still doesn't know what his role will be when Opening Day rolls around, but he's showing he belongs on the roster, reports MLB.com.

"There's always stuff I need to work on, and I need to continue to impress," Pederson said after launching his fifth home run of the spring Saturday, boosting his batting average to .373.

Manager Don Mattingly remains quiet on what he will do when the decision has to be made, but Pederson is doing what he can to impress.

"[Opening Day] is out of my control," Pederson said. "It's something you dream about as a kid, playing in the big leagues, and you do anything you can to make that dream come true."


Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson still battling for Dodgers' CF job


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly still hasn't awarded the center field job to anyone. 

With a week to go in spring training, Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson are still vying for the starting role. Mattingly said he hasn't made a decision, "Because I don't have to yet," per MLB.com's Ken Gurnick

Pederson is hitting .375 with nine RBI this spring. Ethier is at .333, also with nine RBI. 


Dodgers OF Joc Pederson smacks fourth spring home run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 9-5 win over the Padres Wednesday.

Pederson has done little to cool the hype for his rookie season, as the outfielder pushed aside an 0-for-5 performance in his last two games to slug his fourth home run of the spring Wednesday. He has hit .409/.477/.773 with four home runs and two stolen bases in 44 at-bats over 18 games.


Dodgers CF Joc Pederson goes 3 for 3 in loss against Cubs


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson went 3 for 3 from the plate for three RBI in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Cubs. 

Pederson hit a home run, a double and a single during the game. That's his second home run and third double of the spring. 

"What I like with Joc right now is that he's staying in the middle of the field more. Early on he was a little bit pull-happy," manager Don Mattingly said, via SB Nation's True Blue LA. "He seems to be getting himself a good pitch to hit and that's the key more than anything."


Dodgers' Joc Pederson in lead for starting role in center field


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is in a good position in the middle of spring training. The young outfielder is getting close to locking up the starting role in center field when the season begins, reports MLB.com.

"We haven't made any decision yet on who's going to play where, but we do like the way things are going for Joc," said manager Don Mattingly, who started Pederson on Tuesday along with outfielders Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but Pederson, who went 0 for 3 Tuesday, has the eye of Mattingly.

"We're still competing, but obviously we like what we see," Mattingly said. "We look at the process as much as hitting .409 [Pederson's average coming into Tuesday]. How he's working, how he's dealing with it all. I was talking to him today about having good at-bats and taking that into the season."


Dodgers' Turner: Joc Pederson only talks about hitting, ever


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, who is competing for the starting job in center field, got his spring campaign started off on the right foot Wednesday against the White Sox. The highly touted prospect went 2 for 2 with one double and one run.

One person who was likely happy to see Pederson get off to a quick start was teammate Justin Turner, who spent the offseason working out in Los Angeles with the 22-year-old outfielder.

"He doesn't talk about anything but hitting, ever," Turner said, per the Los Angeles Times. "He loves to talk hitting. He's not afraid to ask questions, which I love. One of my pet peeves is when you're around guys who have a lot of valuable information and you don't ask them anything. When I'm around guys, I ask questions. I want to know what they're doing, what they're thinking, because I want to learn."


Report: Dodgers' Puig could start in center if Pederson falters


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) It's "pretty clear" the Dodgers would like outfield prospect Joc Pederson to win the everyday center fielder job in 2015, the Los Angeles Times reports, adding that the backup plan if Pederson falters could be rolling with Yasiel Puig in center.

"I don’t expect anything to be handed to me," Pederson said last weekend during the team's fan fest. "It never has been in the past. I still have to grow as a baseball player."

Carl Crawford is expected to be locked in at left field regardless of the performance of Pederson, who would start in center with Puig in right if the prospect wins a spot on the 25-man roster in spring training. If the team decides Pederson needs more minor-league seasoning, Puig could be shifted to center field, with Andre Ethier moving into the starting lineup and playing right field.


Pederson, Ethier to compete for Dodgers' starting center-field job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said the center-field competition this spring will be between Joc Pederson and Andre Ethier, according to MLB Network Radio.

Earlier Wednesday, manager Don Mattingly indicated as much to the media as well. Mattingly said if Pederson makes the team out of camp, then "he's going to play a lot." But added Ethier will get the chance to compete for a spot in the starting lineup this spring.

"If you put up the numbers, you'll play," Mattingly said, per TrueBlueLA.com.