If you travel around the city of Boston and ask people about the Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia is one of the first names that comes to mind. Pedroia is the heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox franchise. Pedroia is a player that has skill in every aspect of the game. From power to defense, Pedroia will not let you down. He is a true leader, but just how good is the laser show?
Pedroia has been a Red Sox since being drafted by the team in the second round of the 2004 amateur draft. He spent his first few years in the Minor Leagues, before being called up to the Bigs. His best Minor League season came in 2005, where he spent time in Double-A Portland and Triple A Pawtucket. He posted a .293 BA, along with 13 HR and 64 RBI. This may just seem like an average season, but producing these numbers as a 2nd basemen is a rare gem to find. The Red Sox hoped at the time that they, indeed, found that rare gem.
Pedroia was called up to the Red Sox MLB roster in 2006. He only managed to play in 31 games, posting a terrible .191 BA, with only two HR and seven RBI. Pedroia did not qualify as a rookie because he did not have enough at-bats, so he would get another chance to shine in 2007.
Pedroia came into the 2007 season hungry. He wanted to prove himself, and did so right away. Pedroia posted a much-improved .317 BA, along with eight HR and 50 RBI. These kind of numbers in the Majors showed that Pedroia would be an astonishing player. Pedroia won the Rookie of the Year in the American League, which was one of many awards Pedroia could expect throughout his career.
Pedroia had a breakout year in 2008, just one year after his rookie season. Pedroia led the league in runs (118), hits (213), and doubles (54). He also posted an incredible .327 BA, with 17 HR and 83 RBI. Pedroia flashed some speed as well, stealing 20 bases. These numbers were good enough to send Pedroia on his way to his first All-Star appearance, an MVP award, and a Silver Slugger award. His defense showed as well, as he won his first career Gold Glove.
Pedroia would go on to make the AL All-Star squad in 2009 and 2010, adding another Gold Glove in 2011. This season, his numbers have him in the MVP conversation once again, posting a .321 BA, with five HR and 50 RBI. While we approach the All-Star game in 2013, you will see Pedroia on the squad for a fourth time. He is considered one of the best 2nd basemen in the league, and eventually, maybe of all-time.