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5 Things Los Angeles Dodgers Fans Need To Know About Joc Pederson

5 Things Los Angeles Dodgers Fans Need To Know About Joc Pederson

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Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson continues to feast on upper level minor league pitching while the big league club attempts to move one of its high-priced veteran outfielders -- Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier -- to make room for the budding star. Here are five things Dodgers fans need to know about the talented center fielder.

5. Second Generation Dodger

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5. Second Generation Dodger

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Pederson's father, Stu, played eight games for Los Angeles in 1985, and his brother Tyger was drafted by the Dodgers in the 33rd round last year.

4. Disappearing Home Run

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4. Disappearing Home Run

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"Shouldn't count if you don't even know it's a home run," an opposing catcher told Pederson earlier this season. The powerful shortstop hit the ball so hard he lost track of it and was the last person on the field who knew the ball had went over the fence.

3. A Student Of The Game

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3. A Student Of The Game

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Pederson has been obsessed with his swing ever since he was a kid and spent hours in a batting cage behind his house. Last year, the 22-year-old stayed up all night several times analyzing video clips of current big league hitters.

2. Middle Round Diamond

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2. Middle Round Diamond

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The Dodgers' 11th round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, Pederson was tabbed as the 18th-best prospect in baseball this mid-season by Baseball America.

1. Triple-A Standout

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1. Triple-A Standout

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The fifth-youngest position player in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, Pederson is batting .303 with 115 hits, 80 walks and 44 extra-base hits in 103 games with the Albuquerque Isotopes.

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