So many pundits, and a lot of fans, looked at how bad Joc Pederson hit the last two months of last season, and totally discounted the great hitting he did in the first half of the season, his tremendous defense that never wavered despite his offensive problems, his
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|great team spirit and dedication, and the fact that a year ago he was universally considered one of the top three or four prospects in all of baseball.
Compounding the problem was the Dodgers’ three way trade of the off season, bringing to the team second tier prospect Trayce Thompson, the son of local radio broadcaster and former LA Laker, Mychal Thompson, whose legion of friends in the broadcasting
Granted, he has hit pretty well so far this season, but as so many “experts” claim, poor
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|minor league hitting stats portray less than outstanding hitting abilities and major league projections, and with his years of poor hitting throughout all levels of the minor leagues, there is a very good likelihood that his stats will drop the more he plays.
Then there is Pederson’s resurgence so far this year. He has been hitting consistently in the .270s most of the season, and his six home
So, Dave Roberts and radio and TV pundits, it’s time to keep Pederson in center field against all comers, and forget the Thompson platoon experiment.
And speaking of center field, this past weekend’s series against Toronto gave LA fans a glimpse of one of the other really great center fielders in the game, the Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar, who continually dazzles with one great catch after another, and whose hitting has
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|improved day by day since being installed as an everyday player. Now hitting .301 for the season after last year’s .278, the West Hills native and Cal State grad has shown himself to be a clutch hitter that you want at bat in key spots.
What is interesting is that while there are very few Jewish players in major league baseball (current count is nine total), Peterson and Pillar, two of the very best