Los Angeles Dodgers 2014 Spring Training Profile: Joc Pederson

By Ryan Gaydos
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One of the best prospects in baseball and one of the best prospects in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization is outfielder Joc Pederson. The 21-year-old outfielder still has some time left in the minor leagues, and really has nowhere to go because he is blocked by Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp in the outfield.

Pederson is expected to get some playing time in the 2014 season, which could see him being elevated over Crawford. Some projections even have Pederson potentially starting the season over Crawford. However, because there are stopgaps before him, manager Don Mattingly and the Dodgers’ organization should wait a little bit to see what they have in Pederson first. That is what Spring Training is about.

He spent all of his 2013 season at double-A Chattanooga in the Southern League. He batted .278/.381/.497 with 22 home runs and 58 RBIs. Pederson showed the power that he possesses off of some of the best pitching in the minors. Pederson’s speed was also showcased as he was able to steal 31 bases for the Lookouts as well.

Out of all the prospects in the Dodgers organization ready to come to the majors, Pederson has the best chance. If Kemp ends up being unable to start the season because of injury, Pederson will immediately break camp with Los Angeles and be ready to play in his first major league game.

Ryan Gaydos is an MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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