Joc Pederson
Joc Pederson
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Pederson enjoyed an offensive resurgence in 2018 after a disappointing 2017 season. The resurgence came from his power as he re-worked his swing to get more loft in his game. He improved his average launch angle from 10 degrees to 15 degrees year over year, while maintaining an already-solid exit velocity. The Dodgers do a good job of limiting Pederson's exposure to lefties since he has proven he can do little with them. The overall offensive rebound came from Pederson simply repeating what he did in 2016 against righties. The issue for him is that he has yet to put together back-to-back seasons of good production against righties. He has 20 or more home runs in three of the past four seasons against righties, but the .209, .269, .214, and .260 averages the past four seasons push or pull down his fantasy value in standard leagues. In OBP leagues, he still gets it done rather well. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Dodgers in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Not starting Friday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
May 24, 2019
Pederson is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates.
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Pederson will sit against a right-hander for the second time this week, though it once again is the result of the opposing team using an opener. Matt Beaty will start in left field and bat leadoff Friday.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
#4
#5
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32
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+65%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+147%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+74%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+29%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .533 133 10 2 9 0 .187 .241 .293
Since 2017vs Right .880 792 130 48 108 5 .243 .345 .535
2019vs Left .429 21 3 0 1 0 .190 .190 .238
2019vs Right 1.058 138 28 14 25 0 .248 .377 .681
2018vs Left .512 57 3 1 4 0 .170 .211 .302
2018vs Right .893 386 62 24 52 1 .260 .338 .556
2017vs Left .597 55 4 1 4 0 .204 .291 .306
2017vs Right .768 268 40 10 31 4 .214 .340 .429
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .838 453 73 31 67 2 .222 .320 .518
Since 2017Away .818 472 67 19 50 3 .246 .340 .478
2019Home 1.094 80 19 10 18 0 .239 .363 .731
2019Away .834 79 12 4 8 0 .239 .342 .493
2018Home .768 210 28 13 28 0 .220 .281 .487
2018Away .912 233 37 12 28 1 .275 .358 .554
2017Home .805 163 26 8 21 2 .216 .350 .455
2017Away .672 160 18 3 14 2 .209 .313 .360
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Stat Review
How does Joc Pederson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.58
 
BB Rate
11.3%
 
K Rate
19.5%
 
BABIP
.200
 
ISO
.373
 
AVG
.239
 
OBP
.352
 
SLG
.612
 
OPS
.964
 
wOBA
.409
 
Exit Velocity
92.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
49.0%
 
Barrels/PA
8.6%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Joc Pederson
The Z Files: Second Chances
15 days ago
Todd Zola looks at the pre and post-Memorial Day hitting leaderboards from 2018 to examine how much fortunes can change over the rest of the season, as they did last year for Max Muncy.
Regan's Rumblings: Dropped Players Worth a Look
18 days ago
Dave Regan looks at a handful of players who have seen their ESPN ownership percentages drop the most over the last week, including Dodgers center-fielder A.J. Pollock.
MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers
26 days ago
Erik Halterman looks at players like Texas' Joey Gallo whose performances in the first month of the season have been most out of line with their 2019 ADP.
FanDuel MLB: Saturday Breakdown
35 days ago
Gerrit Cole has four quality starts in as many chances to open the year, striking out nine or more in three of those.
Oak's Corner: Time to Trade for Moustakas?
36 days ago
Scott Jenstad thinks that Brewer Mike Moustakas‘ low batting average might make him a good trade target.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2017 was an up-and-down year for Pederson. The outfielder hit .241/.361/.466 with nine homers in the first half before a .156/.253/.312 start to the second half led to his demotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City in the middle of August. His struggles continued for the remainder of the regular season (at Triple-A and with the Dodgers), and he finished out the second half with a .162/.278/.303 line in 43 games. Pederson turned things around in the postseason, however, hitting .304/.360/.826 with three homers in the final two series after being left off the NLDS roster. Most of his opportunities came against right-handed pitching last season due to his struggles against same-handed pitching, and given the depth that the Dodgers possess in the outfield, it's hard to see that changing in 2018. Still, he's a solid source of power late in drafts and is even more intriguing in leagues where OBP is used in place of batting average.
Plenty of questions awaited Pederson going into 2016, as the young outfielder had walked and homered his way into the 2015 All-Star Game, then struggled mightily in the second half. He acquitted himself well during his 2016 campaign, improving his contact rate from 66.7 percent to 75 percent. The latter figure is still below league average, but the Dodgers will certainly take it when bundled with Pederson's raw power. The improved contact led to fewer walks, but the extra hits made the change a net positive to his on-base percentage, along with improvements to batting average and slugging percentage. The Dodgers limited his exposure to lefties, as 399 of his 476 plate appearances came against right-handers. They could continue to do so in 2017, by platooning him with Trayce Thompson or Enrique Hernandez. Still, Pederson's power still gives him significant value, especially in leagues that use OBP in place of batting average.
A strong spring training both at the plate and in the field elevated Pederson to be the team's Opening Day center fielder, and he quickly rewarded the organization's confidence. Pederson hit .230/.364/.487 with 20 home runs before making the NL All-Star team and battling Todd Frazier in the Home Run Derby finals. From there Pederson hit just .178/.317/.300 with six homers after the break, ultimately losing playing time to Enrique Hernandez late in the season. Pederson has earned some Adam Dunn comparisons for his power as well as his propensity to take a walk (15.7-percent BB rate) and strike out (29.1 percent). He is unlikely to ever hit .300 given the strikeouts, but the power is real and he should show improvement in his sophomore campaign. Pederson should head to camp as the starting center fielder, but given his dismal second half, he's not a lock to keep the job through another prolonged slump.
The Dodgers' outfield depth kept Pederson at Triple-A for the bulk of 2014, even though he seemed ready to contribute at the big league level. Of some concern is that he struck out 26.9% of the time at Albuquerque, but Pederson has a good eye at the plate (100 walks, 18.1% BB%) and the combination of power and speed necessary to become a five-category star. He also showed significant improvement against lefties with the move from Double-A to Triple-A, striking out less against lefties than righties last season and posting a very similar batted ball profile in each split. Reaching the 30-30 plateau for the first time in his professional career at Triple-A, Pederson has nothing left to prove in the minors and should be on track to start in center field for the Dodgers on Opening Day.
Pederson solidified his status as arguably the organization's top position prospect, batting .278/.381/.497 for Double-A Chattanooga. That line included 22 home runs and 31 stolen bases to go with 70 walks. Pederson was considered for a 2013 callup at times, but his big league debut will instead likely come in 2014. The Dodgers have a crowded outfield, but Pederson's ability to play center field should get him a look at some point this season, a timetable that could move up if the front office finds a taker for one of the team's high-priced veterans currently on the roster.
Pederson was named the organization's 2012 minor league player of the year, as he broke out with a .313/.396/.516 performance for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Pederson homered 18 times and stole 26 bases all while playing the entire year at age 20. The true test will come this year as Pederson makes the jump out of a hitter-friendly environment to Double-A where the pitching will be far more advanced. How he handles himself at the plate in 2013 will go a long way toward determining how we think about him long term, but 2012 was a step in the right direction.
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Heads to bench
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
May 21, 2019
Pederson is not starting Tuesday against the Rays, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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Takes seat against southpaw
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
May 15, 2019
Pederson is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Socks 13th home run
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
May 14, 2019
Pederson went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a win against San Diego on Tuesday.
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Sitting vs. lefty
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
May 9, 2019
Pederson is not in the lineup Thursday against the Nationals, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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Heads to bench vs. lefty
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
May 7, 2019
Pederson isn't in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Braves.
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