The most notable part of
"The one thing about Joc that everyone in the organization is pretty much in concert with is, this guy is our best defensive center fielder," Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times. "He's probably the only true center fielder we have at this point."
Pederson was filling in for a slumping Yasiel Puig then, but sure enough, even with Puig's return to the lineup, there he was again in center field Wednesday against the Nationals. Puig had moved over to right.
It's a big deal because, as I pointed out in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, Pederson was a George Springer-level offensive force at Triple-A Albuquerque prior to his promotion, batting .303 with 33 homers, 30 steals and a 1.017 OPS in 445 at-bats. Hitter-friendly league or not, those numbers are intimidating.
If his glove keeps him in the lineup, he could end up making a big contribution in Fantasy. Certainly in five-outfielder leagues, he's well worth a flier.
Pederson closed out his first season with Triple-A Albuquerque by hitting .303/.435/.582 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 445 at-bats.
In addition, the team activated pitcher
Pederson is considered the 18th-best prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America.
"You'll probably see them on Sept 1st," Colletti said. "If today was Sept. 1, I'd be inclined to bring them both [up]."
Previous reports have said that outfielder
Pederson was on the disabled list for about two weeks while recovering from a shoulder injury. He has hit .319/.437/.568 with 17 home runs, 42 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 273 at-bats with Albuquerque.
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