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Welcome to Arizona, Joc Pederson

Photo Courtesy- McCovey Chronicles

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Joc Pederson to a one-year deal with a mutual option. The one-year is worth a guaranteed $12.5MM.

Pederson, 32 in April, has hammered 186 home runs in his career since debuting in 2014. 

Pederson was drafted in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Palo Alto High School in California by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Having his Jewish heritage, he played for the Israel national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. 

Baseball America had him ranked as the #1 prospect in the Dodgers' minor league system in 2013. In 2014, he won the PCL MVP of the year award after hitting 30 home runs and stealing 20 bases. He’d make his MLB debut in September of that season.

Pederson started the 2015 season as the Dodgers' starting center fielder and was selected to start in the All-Star game for the National League as a rookie. He was the first Dodgers' player to hit at least 25 home runs in his first two seasons. 

Joc Pederson played in 3 World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, finally winning the title in his last season with LA in 2020. He signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs in 2021 and was traded mid-season to the Atlanta Braves. The Braves went on to win the World Series, making Joc Pederson just the 9th player ever to win back-to-back World Series titles on two different teams. Pederson signed with his hometown San Francisco Giants in 2022 and made his 2nd all-star appearance. 

Pederson will most likely be given the DH job in Arizona, since they are loaded in the outfield with Corbin Carroll, Alek Thomas and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. as their regulars. Pederson can still play a little bit in the outfield and has played some at first base, but his glove has never been the selling point. With the signing of Joc Pederson, the Arizona Diamondbacks' lineup may look like this:

  1. RF- Corbin Carroll

  2. 2B- Ketel Marte

  3. 1B- Christian Walker

  4. DH- Joc Pederson

  5. C- Gabriel Moreno

  6. 3B- Eugenio Suarez

  7. CF- Alek Thomas

  8. LF- Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

  9. SS- Geraldo Perdomo

The Diamondbacks have an excellent starting lineup from 1-9 and add in Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly and Eduardo Rodriguez at the top of their rotation, making Arizona a contender in the NL West race. 

Pederson is a left-handed hitting outfielder who has the capability to take a mistake and put it over the wall. He is a patient hitter who draws a good bit of walks. Despite his walks, he is only a .237 career hitter who does not have the approach to hit for a high average. Defensively, he can play a corner outfield spot but will be below average in his overall performance. He can also fill in a game here and there at first base, but DH will be his main duty in Arizona.

Draft Nation News- 11th round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010.

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