JOC PEDERSON, 22, outfielder.
Final 2014 stats: With the
Contract status: Under team control.
The good: He had a season for the ages at triple-A Albuquerque and was named the Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player. He was the first player in 80 years with 30 homers and 30 steals in the same PCL season, and was also named the league’s rookie of the year.
The bad: His extraordinary minor-league success did not translate in his extremely brief September call-up. His strikeouts are a concern. He struck out 149 times in 445 at-bats with Albuquerque and 11 times in 28 at-bats with the Dodgers. Manager Don Mattingly considers him the best defensive center fielder in the organization, though he had seven errors with Albuquerque and sometimes looked uncomfortable at the position with the Dodgers.
What's next: A serious shot to win the starting center-field job with the Dodgers.
The take: Has the future arrived?
Pederson is the first of the Dodgers’ big three phenoms -- along with infielder
He’ll essentially have to beat out