Joc Pederson

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Joc Pederson
Joc Pederson.jpg
Los Angeles Dodgers
Outfielder
Born: (1992-04-21) April 21, 1992 (age 22)
Palo Alto, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Joc R. Pederson (born April 22, 1992) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

His father, Stu Pederson, played for the Dodgers in 1985. Pederson was drafted by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB Draft, out of Palo Alto High School.

In 2011 with the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer Baseball League, he hit .353 while leading the league in RBIs and outfield assists, and was selected as both a Pioneer League and Rookie League All Star. In 2012, he was named the Dodgers' "Minor League Player of the Year". By virtue of his Jewish heritage, he played for the Israel national baseball team in the qualifying rounds of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

In 2013, Pederson was selected to the Southern League All-Star game, and earned post-season All-Star honors after leading the league in slugging percentage. He was ranked the Dodgers' # 1 prospect by Baseball America after the 2013 season. In 2014, Pederson was named to the mid-season Pacific Coast League All-Star team. In mid-season 2014, he was named the 18th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.

Personal life[edit]

Pederson was born in Palo Alto, California, and is the son of Stu and Shelley Pederson.[1][2] His father Stu Pederson played eight games for the Dodgers in 1985, and a total of 12 years in the minor leagues.[1][3] He is Jewish, as are his mother and both her parents; he is therefore eligible to play for Team Israel, which has the same requirement as Israel does for automatic Israeli citizenship, that a person have at least one Jewish grandparent.[3][4] His mother was an athletic trainer in college.[5]

His older brother Tyger Pederson played baseball for the University of Pacific, and plays second base in the Dodgers minor league system.[3][6] His eldest brother is named Champ, and has Down Syndrome.[5] His younger sister, Jacey, is an elite national amateur soccer player, who plays forward on the US Under-17 Women's National Soccer Team.[5][7][8]

High school[edit]

He attended Palo Alto High School, graduating in 2010.[2] In his senior year he batted .466 with a .577 on-base percentage and a .852 slugging percentage, with 20 stolen bases in 22 attempts, playing center field and leading off for the school's baseball team.[9][10] He also played for the school's football team, leading the team with 30 receptions in his senior year for 650 yards.[9][10]

After high school, Baseball America named him the top prospect in the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League after he batted .319 with Waimea and was picked for the league's All-Star Game.[11]

Professional career[edit]

2010–11[edit]

Pederson was drafted by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB Draft, slipping to that round because of his bonus demands, out of Palo Alto High School.[12] He had committed to play at the University of Southern California, which his father had attended and for which he had played baseball, but chose instead to sign with the Dodgers.[13] He was given a $600,000 signing bonus, the second-highest bonus of any Dodger selection in the draft and four times the amount recommended for draft picks later than the fifth round.[14][15][16]

In 2011, as the youngest player with the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer Baseball League, he hit .353/.429/.568 with 11 homers, leading the league in RBIs (64), OPS (.997), and outfield assists (9), second in stolen bases (24) and on-base percentage, and third in runs (54) and walks (36), in 68 games.[17][18][19][20] He was selected as both a Pioneer League and Rookie League All-Star, a Baseball America Rookie All Star, and a Topps Short-Season/Rookie League All Star.[21][22][23] He was rated the Pioneer League # 3 prospect, and the Best Hitter for Average in the Dodgers system, by Baseball America in 2011.[14]

2012–13[edit]

He was promoted to the Class-A (Advanced) Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League in 2012, at age 20.[24] There he batted .313./.396/.526 with 96 runs (4th in the league), 48 extra base hits, and 26 steals.[24][25] He was selected as the Dodgers 2012 "Minor League Player of the Year" (the "Branch Rickey Award"), and by MILB.com as a Dodgers organization All Star.[21][26][27] Baseball America rated him the California League # 3 prospect, and the Best Defensive Outfielder and as having the Best Strike Zone Discipline in the Dodgers system.[14]

Pederson, by virtue of his Jewish heritage, played for the Israel national baseball team in the qualifying rounds of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, the youngest player on the team.[1][28] He batted second for Team Israel, and hit .308 with three steals.[29][30] The Dodgers then assigned him to the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, where he was an AFL Rising Star.[21] He was ranked the Dodgers' # 4 prospect by Baseball America (and # 3 prospect by MILB.com) after the 2012 season.[11][14]

He received a promotion to the AA Chattanooga Lookouts in the Southern League, starting the 2013 season as the youngest member of the team and the second-youngest position player in the league.[31][32] Pederson was selected to represent the US team at the All-Star Futures Game during the season,[33] and was also selected to play in the Southern League All Star game.[34] He hit .278 while leading the league in slugging percentage (.497), was second in home runs (22) and runs (81), third in stolen bases (31), on-base percentage (.381), and OPS (.878), and fifth in walks while batting leadoff, with 58 RBIs and 10 outfield assists in 123 games during the season.[6][32][35] He earned post-season All-Star honors, was a Topps Double-A All Star and a Baseball America Minor League All Star, and was Baseball America's # 7 prospect in the league.[6][21][36][37][38] In the Baseball America manager's poll, he was voted the best defensive outfielder and the most exciting player in the Southern League.[6] He then played winter ball for the Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he had a .439 on-base percentage.[39][40]

He was ranked the Dodgers' # 1 prospect by Baseball America after the 2013 season.[41] Through 2013, his aggregate minor league stats were a hitting line of .301/.394/.503, with 51 home runs and 83 stolen bases in 1,196 at bats.[42]

2014[edit]

In February 2014, he was named the 34th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.[43] The Dodgers invited him to spring training in the Spring of 2014.[44]

Pederson was then assigned to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes to begin the 2014 season.[39] He was named minor league Prospect of the Month by MLBPipeline.com in April 2014, as the hitter who excelled that month.[45] He had batted .398 (second-best in the league)/.504/.663 with 6 home runs and 9 steals, and ranked near the top of the minor league leaderboards in a number of categories, despite being the fifth-youngest position player in the Pacific Coast League, and almost five years younger than the average player in the league.[45][46][47][48] Ben Badler of Baseball America opined: "Pederson is the Dodgers' No. 1 prospect, No. 34 in baseball, and I still think he's underrated."[49]

Pederson was named to the mid-season Pacific Coast League All-Star team after batting .319/.437 (leading the PCL)/.568 (3rd in the PCL) with a 1.005 OPS (leading the PCL), 17 home runs (tied for 6th in the minor leagues), 57 walks (tied for first in the PCL), 58 runs scored (2nd in the PCL), and 20 stolen bases (3rd in the PCL), in 74 games.[50][51][52] In mid-season 2014, he was named the 17th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus, and the 18th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.[53]

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