Dodgers Have Discussed Bringing Lookouts' Prospects Puig Or Pederson To The Majors

If The Call Comes, Should It Be Puig Or Pederson?

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Joc Pederson leads the Southern League in hitting and other categories.
Joc Pederson leads the Southern League in hitting and other categories.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the club has had internal conversations about calling up outfield prospects Joc Pederson or Yasiel Puig.

Puig and Pederson are the Nos. 1 and 3 Dodgers prospects, according to MLB.com.

That said, the Dodgers have had plenty of chances with countless roster moves this season and, to this point, stuck with the plan of allowing the pair to continue their development at Double-A Chattanooga.

Mattingly said the decision rests with general manager Ned Colletti and the development department of vice president DeJon Watson.

Mattingly argued both sides of the issue.

"You saw with Dee [Gordon], we kind of rushed him and in a sense it set him back," Mattingly said. "Sure, the players love it. But it can really hurt the development if it doesn't go good, and most of the time it doesn't go good. Maybe it goes OK."

Mattingly also agreed somewhat that the arrival of fresh blood can sometimes provide a lift, especially to a team struggling as the Dodgers are, although he didn't argue the point convincingly.

"Yeah, it can," he said. "You can try all kinds of stuff. But it's like me and my batting stance. I kept trying everything, this and that, and I got away from who I was. You end up a lot better off with some kind of plan and sticking with it. Sometimes, when you're going through stuff, it's not the best time to make decisions for the whole. That's what they do, Ned and development."

Puig or Pederson?

"Let's put it this way: I've seen three series at Triple-A and three series at Double-A, and Pederson is the best Minor League player I've seen this year," said Pat Corrales, special assistant to the general manager.

Corrales has worked for Dodgers president Stan Kasten in Atlanta and Washington, so it's presumed his voice carries significant weight.

"He just does everything better than everybody else," said Corrales. "He makes adjustments at bat and in the field. He's an outstanding center fielder. He has a knack for seeing the ball off the bat: He lowers his head and he's off to get the ball. He's hitting home runs, he's hitting with men on base. There's nothing he isn't doing."

Corrales agreed that Pederson, the son of former Dodger Stu Pederson, is reminiscent of the father of current Dodger Scott Van Slyke.

"He is like Andy Van Slyke," Corrales said of the former All-Star, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger winner. "Maybe a better runner than Van Slyke. He knows how to run the bases, how to read pitchers to steal a base. He's advanced for a player of his age."

Pederson is 21, drafted in the 11th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Palo Alto High School. He's 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, and bats and throws left-handed. He hit .313 with 18 homers, 96 runs scored, 26 steals and 70 RBIs last year at Class A Rancho Cucamonga. This year, he's hitting .347 with eight homers, 33 runs scored, 12 steals and 20 RBIs at Chattanooga.

----- Source: MLB.com

Although he has incredible talent, Yasiel Puig has not shown the maturity expected of a professional baseball player.
Although he has incredible talent, Yasiel Puig has not shown the maturity expected of a professional baseball player.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

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