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By Scott Barancik/Jewish Baseball News

Joc Pederson is living up to his billing.

Ranked the Los Angeles Dodgers’ No. 4 prospect by Baseball America, the Chattanooga Lookouts outfielder celebrated his 21st birthday Sunday (4/21/2013) by being named the Southern League (AA) Offensive Player of the Week. Pederson earned the honor by going 11-for-27 with four walks during the week ended 4/21/2013 and extending his hitting streak to 15 games.

The highlight was Wednesday’s  5-4 victory over the Birmingham Barons, when he went 3-for-4 with two HRs and four RBIs (see box score).

Pederson ranks among Southern League leaders with 5 HRs (1st/tie), 5 doubles (2nd/tie), 12 RBIs (3rd/tie), 6 stolen bases (3rd/tie), a .682 slugging percentage (1st), and an on-base plus slugging of 1.052 (1st).

Selected out of Palo Alto High School in the 11th round of the 2010 amateur draft (352nd overall), Pederson earned a signing bonus of $600,000. He played for Team Israel in the 2012 World Baseball Classic qualifiers.

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