Joc Pederson, Outfield, Los Angeles Dodgers, #31
Date of Birth: 4/21/1992
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California
Current Salary: $510,000
Joc Pederson, outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is following in the footsteps of his father Stu who played in the minor leagues from 1981 through 1992 and with the Dodgers in eight games in 1985. Joc was drafted by the Dodgers in 2010.
Pederson played in the Dodgers' minor league system from 2010 through most of 2014. During that time, he batted .302 with 495 hits, 87 doubles, 84 home runs, 113 stolen bases, 271 RBIs, and 412 strikeouts to 268 walks in 441 games. Defensively, he played 289 games in center field, 101 games in left field, and 37 games in right field. In 2014, he was named the Pacific Coast League MVP and the PCL Rookie of the Year.
Pederson hit his first major league home run on April 12, 2015. A few weeks later, on May 1st, he hit his first major league grand slam. He finished the 2015 season with 101 hits, 19 doubles, 26 home runs, 54 RBIs, and a .210 batting average in 151 games. As the Dodgers' center fielder, he made 269 putouts and 4 errors in 147 games. He had no hits, one strikeout, and four walks in five postseason games.
Pederson batted .246 in 137 games with the Dodgers in 2016. He finished the season with 100 hits, 26 doubles, 25 home runs, and 68 RBIs. Defensively, as the Dodgers' center fielder in 286 games, he made 538 putouts and 6 errors. In the postseason, he had 9 hits, including 2 doubles and a home run, and 4 RBIs in 36 at-bats in 11 games.
Pederson's brother Tyger was also in the Dodgers' system in 2013, playing in the minor leagues. He also played in the minors in 2014.