Reasons to get excited about future MLB star Joc Pederson: He can hit for power, can hit for average and can also steal a ton of bases.
The Dodgers prospect became part of baseball history when he stole a base Saturday night for LA’s Triple-A affiliate Albuquerque.
What is important about Pederson stealing a base?
He officially became a member of the 30-30 club after he stole his 30th base for the Isotopes and hit 32 home runs on the season previously.
Ranked the #1 prospect in the Dodgers organization at #34 overall according to Baseball America, Joc is the real deal.
Now, in the minor leagues, it isn’t as easy to accomplish this type of feat especially in the Pacific Coast League and the Triple-A.
The last time a player was part of the 30-30 club in the PCL was 80 years ago when former major leaguer Frank Demaree did so in 1934.
The only difference between Pederson and Demaree is Demaree accomplished the 30-30 achievement in 186 games while Pederson in 114 games.
Pederson making progress
Pederson so far is having himself quite the season, swinging a batting average of .301 with 32 home runs and 73 runs batted, along with (as mentioned before) 30 stolen bases on 43 attempts.
The young outfielder’s power is well known around them minors and every season he progresses his power numbers.
Last season, while playing with Double-A Affiliate Chattanooga Lookouts, Pederson hit 22 homers and drove in 58 runs. In addition, he stole 31 bases on 39 attempts.
Although it is considered a “down year” for him in the minors with him hitting .278, he has not disappointed moving from one level to another every season.
In 2012 playing for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Pederson hit .313 with 18 HRs and 70 runs batted in, with 26 stolen bases on 40 attempts.
In his minor league career (which is soon to be brief), the combo speedster/slugger has hit 83 home runs and stole 113 total bases.
The deadly combination of raw power and blazing speed is rare to see in baseball players, but Pederson brings more than you would expect.
Once he makes his way to Dodger Stadium, which is likely to be next season when he joins LA in spring training, Joc will only get better.
Joc's future in Dodger blue is what the team will hope to see come to light in the coming years after going through his rookie season.