Wish a happy 23rd birthday to Dodgers phenom Joc Pederson
Yes, you read that correctly: Joc Pederson turns 23 years old today. You'd be forgiven for doing a double-take, though, because the fact that Pederson -- you know, the guy with an OPS pushing 1.000 and doing generally amazing things for the Dodgers in center field -- had his first legal beer two years ago is just silly.
An 11th-round pick for the Dodgers back in 2010, Pederson has been ticketed for stardom since he started raking his way through several levels of the Minors almost immediately. But things really took off last year, when the consensus top-50 prospect joined the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Even in a league famously conducive to bonkers offensive numbers, Joc's stood out: he slashed .303/.435/.582 while playing a stellar center field.
Oh, and did we mention he became the PCL's first 30/30 player in 80 years:
The Dodgers called him up to The Show last fall, and since then he's gone through the same struggles many young pl-- er, wait, no, he's continued to do pretty much whatever he wants, whether it's going yard ...
... or ruining the days of a variety of hitters/baserunners:
So happy 23rd, Joc, and thanks for the endless highlights. Except, um, maybe stop making the rest of us 20-somethings look bad?