Let youth be served!
When Major League rosters are allowed to expand to 40 players next week, the Los Angeles Dodgers will call up blue-chip prospect Joc Pederson. Pederson, an outfielder, just finished his season with the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. In his first season in the Pacific Coast League, Pederson took home rookie of the year, all league, and MVP honors.
Blue chip prospect Joc Pederson adds PCL MVP award to all-PCL and PCL Rookie of Year. Will join #Dodgers when rosters expand next week
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 28, 2014
In 118 games with the Isotopes this season, Pederson had a slash line of .304/.434/.590, hit 33 home runs, drove in 76 runs, scored 101 runs, and stole 30 bases. Oh yeah, that was in only 118 games. There’s a reason the Dodgers didn’t want to include him in a trade for David Price.
Pederson will join the Dodgers as the team’s sixth outfielder, playing along side Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, and Scott Van Slyke, who may be out for an extended period of time with an ankle injury suffered in Arizona last night.
While Pederson likely won’t be added to the Dodgers postseason roster, should the team advance to the playoffs (they should), it will be good experience for the 22-year old. The Dodgers have big plans for Pederson and he will likely be a starter, or at least a full-time Dodger, in 2015.