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31 Joc Pederson LF
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%: 95/76 | Average Draft Position: 169.37
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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.


Joc Pederson could make impact down stretch


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/3/2014) The most notable part of Joc Pederson's first major-league start Tuesday is that it came with this comment from manager Don Mattingly:

"The one thing about Joc that everyone in the organization is pretty much in concert with is, this guy is our best defensive center fielder," Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times. "He's probably the only true center fielder we have at this point."

Pederson was filling in for a slumping Yasiel Puig then, but sure enough, even with Puig's return to the lineup, there he was again in center field Wednesday against the Nationals. Puig had moved over to right.

It's a big deal because, as I pointed out in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, Pederson was a George Springer-level offensive force at Triple-A Albuquerque prior to his promotion, batting .303 with 33 homers, 30 steals and a 1.017 OPS in 445 at-bats. Hitter-friendly league or not, those numbers are intimidating.

If his glove keeps him in the lineup, he could end up making a big contribution in Fantasy. Certainly in five-outfielder leagues, he's well worth a flier.


Dodgers make September call-ups


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Dodgers recalled outfielder Joc Pederson, second baseman Alex Guererro, catcher Tim Federowicz and pitcher Yimi Garcia Monday with rosters expanding in September.

Pederson closed out his first season with Triple-A Albuquerque by hitting .303/.435/.582 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 445 at-bats.

In addition, the team activated pitcher Chris Perez from the disabled list. Perez has been out since Aug. 3 while nursing an ankle injury.


Joc Pederson, Alex Guerrero to be promoted in September


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told MLB Network Radio Sunday prospects Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero are expected to be promoted to the majors when rosters expand Sept. 1.

Pederson is considered the 18th-best prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America

"You'll probably see them on Sept 1st," Colletti said. "If today was Sept. 1, I'd be inclined to bring them both [up]."


Report: Dodgers may trade top prospect for nonrental


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Dodgers "haven't flat out said no" to trading one of their top three prospects for a player, as long as that player isn't due to be a free agent after the season, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Previous reports have said that outfielder Joc Pederson, third baseman Corey Seager and pitcher Julio Urias were off the table in trade talks, but that only applies to a rental like Jon Lester. The Phillies and Rays may be able to get the Dodgers to part with at least one of the team's top prospects in a deal for Cole Hamels or David Price, respectively, though neither trade has been reported to be in the works.


Joc Pederson returns to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson returned to Triple-A Albuquerque Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pederson was on the disabled list for about two weeks while recovering from a shoulder injury. He has hit .319/.437/.568 with 17 home runs, 42 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 273 at-bats with Albuquerque.


Joc Pederson sidelined 10 days with separated shoulder


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson suffered a separated right shoulder Tuesday, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Pederson suffered the injury while attempting to dive for a ball in the outfield, and was diagnosed Wednesday. The injury is not considered a terribly serious one, however, though he will be sidelined at least 10 days as a result. 


Joc Pederson suffers apparent shoulder injury Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson left Tuesday's game for Triple-A Albuquerque in the first inning with an apparent shoulder injury, reports the Los Angeles Times. Pederson was injured diving for a ball in the outfield.

The highly touted prospect entered play Tuesday batting .320 with a .438 on-base percentage, .570 slugging percentage and 1.008 OPS in 73 games. He also had three triples, 11 doubles, 17 home runs, 42 RBI, 58 runs and 20 stolen bases.


Report: Dodgers not ready to promote Joc Pederson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) The Dodgers aren't ready to promote outfielder Joc Pederson for a few reasons, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal wrote the most obvious reason is because the Dodgers' outfield situation remains crowded.

However, the Dodgers remain hesitant to promote Pederson because they feel he is still not a finished product. He is striking out every 3.5 plate appearances and still needs to work on improving against left-handed pitchers. The team also wants to see Pederson mature, as he has failed to run out grounders on multiple occasions.


Ranking the most stashable prospects


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/28/2014) With word that Maikel Franco could in fact replace the injured Cody Asche if he gets hot enough at Triple-A Lehigh Valley during the time Asche is sidelined (for more, check out the latest Prospects Report), the Phillies third baseman has officially become one of the most stashable prospects in Fantasy. Of course, by now, that list has become so long that you may need help prioritizing. So here you go.

Gregory Polanco is still No. 1. He's way too good for Triple-A, and even if the Pirates are waiting because of Super 2 concerns, he may be only three weeks away. Oscar Taveras may be only one week away if you buy that the Cardinals plan to promote him for their stretch of seven games in AL parks at the beginning of June. He may not be as prepared for the big leagues as Polanco, but he has arguably more upside.

Jon Singleton is still "on deck" for the Astros and crushing it at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The comes Franco. Andrew Heaney, the top pitcher of choice, edges out Joc Pederson, who seems like a long shot for a promotion even with Carl Crawford's ankle injury.

Boom! End of list. Now, go make us proud.


Joc Pederson deserving of a promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford suffered a tough break Tuesday night, as the ankle injury he suffered against the Reds is expected to send him to the disabled list. It comes at a bad time as Crawford was starting to work his way back into being a Fantasy-relevant option.

Though, his injury could provide the Dodgers with the opportunity to promote highly touted prospect Joc Pederson, who has been toiling at Triple-A Albuquerque despite video-game-like numbers. Pederson is batting .347 with a .454 on-base percentage, .642 slugging percentage, 1.096 OPS, 15 home runs and 32 RBI in 50 games. Now, you could make the argument Pederson's numbers are little inflated because of the hitter-friendly PCL. However, he has a career .307/.402/.522/.924 slash line, so he's a legit offensive weapon. 

Perhaps the most encouraging sign that indicates Pederson is ready for the majors is how well he's hitting lefties, which has been a weakness in the past. He is batting .296 with a .549 slugging percentage and .932 OPS in 71 at-bats against lefties this season.

I hope the Dodgers bring Pederson to the majors. Even though he might not play full-time because the Dodgers still have Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, Pederson can still make an impact and help the team win games. Also, Puig was in a similar situation last year and yet managed to play his way into the lineup.

The team might have a lot of money locked up in Crawford, Kemp and Ethier, but Pederson is proving he's too good for the minors and needs his shot at the majors. If Pederson is recalled to replace Crawford, then I wouldn't hesitate adding him in Fantasy.


Dodgers cut four from big-league camp Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) The Dodgers optioned catcher Tim Federowicz to the minors and reassigned outfielder Joc Pederson, pitcher Zach Lee and shortstop Miguel Rojas to minor-league camp Friday.

Joc Pederson slugs opposite-field home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson hit a two-run, opposite-field home run in the seventh inning of Friday's 5-0 win over the White Sox. It was his only hit in two at-bats.

Pederson, who fell in the top 40 in both Baseball America's and MLB.com's preseason prospect list, doesn't have a clear path to playing time with four talented outfielders ahead of him in Los Angeles. He received his first exposure to Double-A pitching last season, hitting .278/.381/.497 with 22 home runs, 58 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 439 at-bats with Double-A Chattanooga.