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

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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

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