Chattanooga-(WDEF) Lookouts outfielder Joc Pederson was named the top player in the Dodgers minor league organization last season.
And if he doesn't get called up this summer, he might just win the award again this season. Joc Pederson is in the top five of five offensive categories in the Southern League.
He's third in runs and hits. Tied for fourth in doubles. And he's second in homers and stolen bases.
"I don't really look at my numbers at all. I just try to put a quality at-bat together for the team." Said manager Jody Reed,
"I think if anything the power numbers are a little surprising. But with his hands and his bat speed. Now all of a sudden he's hitting with power, that takes him into that five-tool category, and it's exciting."
Pederson's foot speed is just as good as his bat speed with 25 steals.
"I don't think I'm one of the fastest guys."
That's a new flash for manager Jody Reed.
"Who did he say was faster than him?
Reporter-"He didn't say. Maybe he's just being humble."
Said Reed,"If he's not the fastest, he's tied for the fastest. He's very quick. And quite honestly, he gets great reads out there. He has great instincts on the bases yeah."
Given Pederson's power, speed, and production,
it's easy to see why he was picked to play in the Futures All-Star game later this month at the Mets Citi-Park.
"Should be good to see kind of where you stand with some of the other supposedly top minor league players."
Pederson's father Stu was also a big leaguer, and Stu has certainly helped his son's development.
"Growing up, he was a big influence on me, and he still is. Just taught me how to play the game the right way."
Said Reed,"That's usually the thing you see from former major league player's sons. They just get it. They've been around the game. They're comfortable with it. They have an aura about them."