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Friday, March 8, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: JOC PEDERSON OUTFIELDER LOS ANGELES DODGERS

We maybe received some optimistic news from Los Angeles Dodgers faded outfield prospect Joc Pederson last season as the slugger may finally have refined his batting approach enough to where we can think about diving back in here for 2019.  Prior to last season, there was almost no way you could stomach owning Pederson for long as some truly horrific strikeout problems sent both his batting average and overall fantasy baseball stock deep down into the toilet.  While the power remained steady given how naturally strong Pederson is, the all-or-nothing aspect of his game blended in with dozens of other similarly-skilled hitters that took up residence on the waiver wire.  With all that said though, Pederson made some firm gains in the strikeout area last season as his 19.2 K/9 was a career-best and actually went slightly above league average.  Considering that Pederson's K/9 was a brutal 27.3 in 2016, you can see how well he has worked to fix this issue.  With Pederson also drawing walks like he always had done previously (9.0 BB/9), it only took a very unlucky .253 BABIP from preventing his .248 average from going higher.  While Pederson's big minor league stolen base numbers will never surface in the majors by the looks of it (just one steal in 2018), we can see a move towards 30 homers and a .260 average if he can hold last season's strikeout gains.  This is certainly enough to put Pederson back in play as a decent bench outfielder this spring.
2019 PROJECTION:  .257 28 HR 67 RBI 65 R 2 SB

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