Lookouts Outfielder Joc Pederson Named To The Futures Game On July 14

Pederson Homers Twice Thursday Night At AT&T Field

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Joc Pederson
Joc Pederson
- photo by Tim Evearitt
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers had one of the most intriguing outfields in the Minor Leagues this year, when Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson started the season with Double-A Chattanooga.

Puig has since been promoted and sparked the big league club, carving his name into the record books in the process.

Pederson could join his former teammate in the Majors next season. For now, he's refining his game with the Lookouts and will play in the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game on July 14.

Pederson, the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect according to MLB.com, is the organization's lone representative and will play for the U.S. Team.

The 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place at 2:00 p.m. ET on All-Star Sunday at Citi Field in New York and can be seen live on MLB.com, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.

Also, for the first time, fans will determine the final player on the U.S. and World Team rosters by casting their votes in the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists ballot. There are five candidates for each team, and voting ends on Sunday at 8:59 p.m.

The son of former Dodgers outfielder Stu Pederson, Joc leads the Lookouts with 11 home runs, 136 total bases, 80 hits, 35 walks and 53 runs scored through 74 games, while hitting .294 and playing solid defense in center field.*

"I like his swing, it's smooth and it stays in the strike zone," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "He's got great baseball instincts. I like his makeup, the whole thing. He gets good jumps in the outfield. Our guys down [in Chattanooga] think he probably tracks the ball better than anybody we've got."

* Pederson, who had been a mini-slump, has been showing strong signs of a recovery. Thursday night, against Montgomery at AT&T field, he hit his 12th and 13th, home runs of the season. He is hitting .302 with 37 RBI.  Last year, as the Dodgers' offensive Player-of-the-Year, he slugged 18 homers for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. 

---- Source: MLB.com

Yasiel Puig alongside Joc Pederson
Yasiel Puig alongside Joc Pederson
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

Dalton State basketball Now Leads SSAC

After a surprising week, Dalton State (16-2 overall, 7-1 SSAC) now leads the Southern States Athletic Conference with a seven win and one loss conference record. The No. 5 Martin Methodist Redhawks (17-3, 8-2 SSAC) went into  Thursday  night's game with No. 13 Dalton State in Pulaski, TN with only one loss on the season and with an 8-0 conference record. The Roadrunners ... (click for more)

Georgia Northwestern Falls To Southern Crescent Tech

A very cold spell early in the second half doomed the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats on Friday night as they dropped a 74-49 decision to the Southern Crescent Tech Tigers in Griffin. Georgia Northwestern (6-12) went into halftime trailing by just six points, 32-26, but did not connect on a single shot in the first seven minutes of the second half. The Tigers opened ... (click for more)

Deonta Banks, 23, Shot On Wilcox Boulevard Early Sunday Morning

Deonta Banks, 23, was shot early Sunday morning on Wilcox Boulevard. At approximately  3 a.m.  the Chattanooga Police Department responded to shots fired at 3232 Wilcox Boulevard.  Upon arrival, Chattanooga police located a single victim, Deonta Banks, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He  was transported to a local hospital for treatment. ... (click for more)

Man Stabbed In Domestic Dispute On Sunrise Lane Saturday Morning

A man was stabbed Saturday morning on Sunrise Lane.   At approximately  11:41  a.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to a reported stabbing at 309 Sunrise Lane.  Officers located a 45-year-old black male suffering from a non-life threatening stab wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital for his injury.   The ... (click for more)

Obama Doesn't Want You To Save For College

Over the past few decades, federal aid for post-secondary education has decreased and transitioned largely from grants to guaranteed student loans.   At the same time, the cost of college has far exceeded the cost of inflation creating a situation in which college has become less affordable and causing students to pile up debt that is at an all-time high.   This debt ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Great Peace Pipe

There is a serious rift between our state legislators and Erlanger Hospital that has me worried. If I worry about something, it doubles the power of the worry. My problem? I am convinced we have the best collection of people at the State Legislature in Nashville we’ve ever had – I adore each of them. I am also blessed to believe Erlanger is back on track and, after a sensational ... (click for more)