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Joc Pederson

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Joc Pederson

Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
Full Name Joc Russell Pederson
Date of Birth 04/21/1992
BirthplacePalo Alto, Calif.
Religion Jewish
Height 6'1
Weight 185
Bats/Throws L/L
Drafted Dodgers
Draft Round11
Overall Pick352
MLB Debut 09/01/2014

Career highlights (through 2017)

  • Selected out of Palo Alto High School by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2010 amateur draft (352nd overall)
  • Played for Team Israel in the 2012 World Baseball Classic qualifiers
  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year (2012)

2017 highlights

2014 highlights

  • Was named Rookie of the Year of the Pacific Coast League (AAA)
  • Was named MVP of the Pacific Coast League (AAA)
  • Became the first Pacific Coast League (AAA) player to hit 30 HR and steal 30 bases since 1934
  • Led all Pacific Coast League (AAA) batters with 33 HRs, 100 walks, 106 runs, and a .435 OBP

2013 highlights

  • Named to the Southern League’s (AA) 2013 All-Star game
  • Ranked 35th in Baseball America’s Midseason Top 50 Prospects (2013)
  • Was named the Southern League (AA) Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending 4/21/2013 after going 11-for-27 with two HRs, two doubles, 5 RBIs, seven runs, four walks, and three stolen bases
  • Was named the Southern League (AA) Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending 8/18/2013 after hitting .435 (10-for-23) with 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 5 doubles, 5 walks, and a .536 on-base percentage
  • Named to Baseball America’s Southern League (AA) post-season All-Star team by Baseball America
  • Named a 2013 minor-league All-Star, 1st Team; the team pulls from across all minor leagues

On being Jewish

  • Pederson’s mother, Shelly (Cahn) Pederson, descends from Jewish ancestors in France, Russia, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands (see 2017 article)

For more information

  • Baseball-Reference page
  • Jewish Baseball Museum bio
  • article (2013)
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