The Path To Joc Pederson

So here’s what we know, right now: Matt Kemp is not a center fielder, no matter how much he wants to be. Andre Ethier is not a center fielder, though he admirably did his best to make it work. Carl Crawford is not a center fielder, because he hasn’t played there in a decade, has a terrible arm, and actually has less experience there than Ethier does. Yasiel Puig is not a center...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ center field situation needs fixing, and fast

Teams want to be strong up-the-middle. But what does that mean? Of course you want guys who can hit a little bit, but more importantly, you want defense. If that’s the criteria, then the Dodgers have a ton of work to do. Sure, the Dodgers have some pretty good bats up-the-middle, but the defense is lacking. And the biggest hole is — believe it or not — in center field (depending...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers well-represented on BA and BP midseason Top 50 prospects list

If you needed any reassurance the Dodgers have a top-heavy farm system with impact potential, then Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus have it for you. Both publications ranked the Dodgers’ consensus Top-3 prospects — Julio Urias, Corey Seager and Joc Pederson — in their respective Top 50s, but each player is ranked in the Top 20. Player Baseball America Baseball Prospectus...
Via Dodgers Digest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mailbag No. 7: David Price, relievers, Colletti, Kershaw nickname

Hey, it’s a mailbag! Remember to use the form submission in the right sidebar to send us you questions. Evan: I noticed that the Bleacher Report did a little mock trade scenario, with each GM played by a BR employee. They had each mock GM make their most likely (and best offer) they would trade for Price given their teams’ prospects, needs, surpluses in certain areas where...
Via Dodgers Digest
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Down On The Farm: 6/23 – 6/29 – Elbert close, Seager marches on, debuts

Scott Elbert is on the mend and believes he can help the Dodgers after the All-Star break, but Joc Pederson will now be missing from these updates for at least another week and possibly more after separating his right shoulder. Meanwhile, Corey Seager continues to excel, and Jose De Leon showed his promise. June 23 Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (A+) went 4-for-6 with his 27th double...
Via Dodgers Digest
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Top AAA Hitters

George Springer continues to be the power hitter the Houston Astros were waiting to see, but his average sits at just .245.  Gregory Polanco is hitting .288, but just 3 XBH for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Oscar Taveras was called up by the St. Louis Cardinals for the 2nd time, and Jon Singleton is hitting under .200.  Those are your top prospects who have made it to the Big Leagues...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Injury Update: Prospect Joc Pederson exits Triple-A game early

Joc Pederson, a center fielder on Triple-A Albuquerque left the game with an apparent shoulder injury. He landed awkwardly on his right shoulder when he dove for Josh Vitters' of Triple-A Iowa's bloop since to right-center field. He got up, grabbed his arm, and left the field. Pederson walked off the field on his own. It was later indicated that the injury was not serious...
Via Sports Injury Alert
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Corey Seager, Julio Urias named to Futures Game, Joc Pederson hurt

Photo by: Dustin Nosler The Dodgers will have two representatives at the Futures Game this year, as Corey Seager and Julio Urias on Tuesday were selected to be on the U.S. and World teams, respectively. Ron Cervenka of Think Blue LA broke the news earlier today. Seager, 20, who many thought would be promoted to Double-A Chattanooga after the California League All-Star break, is...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 6/2 – 6/8 -

June 2 Hitter Of The Day: Pitcher Of The Day: Notables Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-3 with two walks, including his second triple of the year. Miguel Rojas (AAA) has had a temporary power surge, slugging his third homer of the year. Darnell Sweeney (AA) went 3-for-5 with his 16th double. Alex Santana (A) went 2-for-4 with his 11th and 12th double. Chris Reed (AA) struck out nine...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Rockies June 8, 2014: The Results of Coors Field’s Wrath

Photo by Daniel Brim As the Dodgers face the Rockies in a rubber game of a series behind the left arm of Clayton Kershaw, normally you can be be confident in the Dodgers’ chances. However, yesterday’s series of injuries has produced… this. Not exactly a stellar offensive lineup, is it? Miguel Rojas gets his first major league start this afternoon (Chone Figgins starts in...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 MLB Draft: Dodgers’ Big Board, v 3.0

Derek Hill is the best bat (for the Dodgers) on my board. This is the final installment of my 2014 MLB Draft Big Board for the Dodgers. There have been some changes after writing most of my draft profiles. I’m confident the Dodgers will take one of the 10 guys I have profiled (Davidson and Griffin profiles are coming). Previous Big Boards Version 1.0 (May 16) Version 2.0 (May 27...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Deep Impact: Dynasty League Warm Bodies

On Razzball Radio last week, where you finally got to see my perfectly circumferenced face, that looks like almost any chubby latino catcher that you can think of (to name a couple: Ramon Castro, Josmil Pinto), I got into my win-now approach. I traded high impact prospects (Gregory Polanco and Anthony Rendon) for a more immediate influence, (Robinson Cano). I often wind up with...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Dodgers Among ESPN’s Top 25 Prospects

I have to be honest: I don’t really look at the standings until July. All that matters is how the Dodgers do, because they have no control (other than head-to-head meetings) against what the other NL teams are doing. So yeah, it’s a bummer that they’re 7.5 games out in the West, but the Giants can’t play like this forever (um, probably) and either way, they’re tied for...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Three prospects that can make an impact this year

Last year, Yasiel Puig had a huge impact on the Dodgers. Last year, Yasiel Puig almost single-handedly turned the season around for the Los Angeles Dodgers. With a 23-32 record, the Dodgers called up the 22-year old outfielder and he made his impact immediately, turning the Dodgers from an expensive disappointment to a legitimate World Series threat. The Dodgers have plenty of highly...
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Shuffling deck chairs in the Dodgers' outfield, featuring Matt Kemp

Earlier this year, I questioned if the Dodgers defensive weakness up the middle would work out. I looked at it in terms of offsetting factors that could make it work -- having good corner defense and getting good offense from the defensively questionable middle. Plus, while I accepted the gloves up the middle would be bad, I thought they'd be bad within the range of Major League...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

MMN Fan Shot: Trade Noah Syndergaard For Joc Pederson

An MMN Fan Shot by Hank Johnson Albert Chen of Sports Illustrated wrote an article that just about says it all about the Los Angeles Dodgers top prospect Joc Pederson. If you haven’t... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag No. 4: Trade Kemp, Watch SNLA, Bring Back Beltre, Platoon Pederson?

I miss this guy. Too bad the Dodgers foolishly called him up at 19. (via) Mailbag! We’ve been terrible at this. We’ll do better. I promise. Do send in more questions using the form on the right sidebar. Dave: MLBTradeRumors just floated the idea that Beltre’s name might come up in summer trade discussions. Should the Dodgers try to bring back the future HoFer? Would it cost...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

On the Farm, Week 6: J-O-C Spells Excitement

In 2001 during an episode of “The Simpsons”, Homer tries to convince Bart and Lisa to go to “Blockoland” and all he’s greeted with is this reaction. The same episode centers on Homer’s hunger strike outside of the stadium of the Albuquerque Isotopes, which also happens to be the team that Joc Pederson plays for. Not only did this glorious episode birth a fantastic AAA...
Via Baseball Professor
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodger Outfield Is A Problem Only If You Hate Great Production

Andre Ethier probably isn’t thrilled about not playing every day. Carl Crawford likely feels the same. Scott Van Slyke, no doubt, wishes he was more than a part-time player. We can assume Matt Kemp is happy he’s been anointed the every day center fielder, but less happy that he had to fight for it. Joc Pederson would like to be in the big leagues. Yasiel Puig probably hasn...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Isotopes @ Grizzlies: This Is A Real Triple-A Game You Can Watch

There’s no Dodger baseball tonight, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t Dodger-related baseball tonight. As announced last month, the CBS Sports Network — which is a thing, I guess — will be showing a selected minor league game each week and tonight, live from Chukchansi Park in Fresno, it’s your Albuquerque Isotopes: As part of a newly formed partnership between Minor...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 5/5 – 5/11

(Via Dustin Nosler) Corey Seager closes the week red hot, Joc Pederson continues to shine, Julio Urias is average but acceptable, Jacob Scavuzzo bounces back, and Paco Rodriguez/Jose Dominguez struggle mightily. May 5 Hitter Of The Day: O’Koyea Dickson (AA) hit homers four and five as he tries to remain a relevant prospect in the system. Dickson currently has a .796 OPS despite...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants @ Dodgers May 10, 2014: Hey, Where’s Andre Ethier?

Expectations are a funny thing, aren’t they? The Dodgers are 19-18, and a sizable portion of the fan base appears to be acting as though the season is completely dead, that Don Mattingly must be fired immediately, that Joc Pederson should be recalled immediately so he can be 40 Mike Trouts, etc. One would hope they’d remember that a year ago at this time, the team was 13-21 and...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 4/28 – 5/4

Julio Urias gets back on track, Joc Pederson continues to hit, and Corey Seager returned from injury. In transaction news, Jon Garcia was demoted from AA to A+. Garcia is still in his age-22 season, but he’ll no longer be young for AA in his next attempt. ===== April 28 Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) went 3-for-4 with two walks and a stolen base. He’s 12-for-27 with two...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 4/22 – 4/27

Joc Pederson is human, Alex Guerrero continues to make his case, and Erisbel Arruebarrena is not looking so hot. Corey Seager was placed on the 7-day DL with a hamstring issue and basically missed this whole week. April 22 Hitter Of The Day: Alex Guerrero (AAA) is absolutely destroying the ball, as he went 3-for-3 with two triples and two walks, finishing the game hitting .467. Swing...
Via Dodgers Digest
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Down on the farm: Pacific Coast League April Edition

Early in the season, there’s always an explosion of promotions and roster jockeying among teams, so it’s difficult to generate a list of players who we as a site are excited about following.  The most notable of these promotions was Jon Singleton, who was absolutely murdering baseballs in AAA and thus will not be featured on this list, but rest assured he would’ve been. ...
Via The Outside Corner
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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