Joc Russell Pederson…resides in Los Angeles, CA with wife, Kelsey and daughter, Poppy…committed to play baseball at the University of Southern California prior to signing with the Dodgers…helped lead Palo Alto (CA) High School to a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title and selected as co-league MVP as a senior in 2010...named First Team All-SCVAL as a junior in 2009...father Stu was drafted by the Dodgers in 1981 and played in eight games in the Majors in 1985...teamed with his brother Champ, who has Down Syndrome, and New Era to design a hat with the family motto "Live like a Champ" with 31 percent of sales benefitting Best Buddies, a charity supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities…brother, Tyger, an infielder, was selected by the Dodgers in the 33rd round of the 2013 Draft...selected by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and signed by scout Orsino Hill.
Concluded his sixth Major League season setting career marks in runs (83), hits (112), homers (36), RBI (74), average (.249) slugging (.538) and OPS (.876) across 149 games…all of his homers came off of right-handed pitching…ranked fourth in the Majors for most homers against right-handed pitchers with a .252/.349/.57 1 slashline ... Launched nine homers from the leadoff spot to surpass his former record…his 20 career leadoff homers are just eight shy of the franchise mark set by Davey Lopes (28)…wrapped the season with six multi-homer games from the leadoff spot to tie Francisco Lindor (6 in 2018) for most in MLB history ... Participated in the Home Run Derby where he advanced to the semi-finals and blasted 39 home runs before falling to Toronto rookie Vlad Guerrero Jr. ... Became the fourth Dodger to hit two homers on Opening Day, joining Roy Campanella (1954), Raul Mondesi (1995 and 1999), Yasmani Grandal (2017) and Kiké Hernández (2019)…it was his ninth career multi-homer game and his third homer on Opening Day…he is 7-for-17 with six runs scored, three homers and 10 RBI on Opening Day…hit his first career walk-off home run on April 15 with a two-run shot on Jackie Robinson Day…became the second player in NL history (1st, Larry Walker) to collect an extra-base hit in six consecutive at-bats from Sept. 1-4…matched a career high with a seven-game hitting streak for the third time in his career on July 27 (last: 6/14-6/20/17), going 8-for-24 (.333) with two homers and four RBI during the span…closed out the regular season with his strongest offensive month, roping four doubles, driving in 16 and ranking among the top of the NL with nine homers (3rd) at a .344 (6th)/.414/.852 (1st)/1.267(1st) clip across 23 games in September…one of three Dodgers to reach 20 home runs before July, joining Max Muncy (20) and Cody Bellinger (27) to become the fifth team in Major League history with a trio of players reaching the 20-plus homer mark before July 1…matched his single-game career high in RBI on Sept. 2 against Colorado after driving in five and going 3-for-3 with a double and a pair of home runs.
In his fifth big league season, he slashed .248/.321/.522 with 65 runs, 27 doubles (career-high), three triples (career-high), 25 home runs and 56 RBI in 148 games ... In 59 games as the leadoff hitter, posted a .309 (17-for-55)/.356/.818 slash line with two doubles and eight home runs…his eight leadoff homers were tied for the second most in the Majors with the Braves' Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, while trailing just the Indians' Francisco Lindor for the most (9)…also broke the Dodgers leadoff home run record, surpassing Davey Lopes, who hit seven in 1979… hit a leadoff home run in back-to-back games on August 2-3, joining Carl Furillo as the only Dodgers to accomplish the feat (July 12 and 13, 1951) - Source: Stats LLC ... Hit .260 against right-handed pitchers, compared to a .170 batting average against lefties…hit 24 of his 25 home runs off right-handers ... Saw time at all three outfield positions, appearing in 116 games in left field, 32 games in center field and two games in right field…also collected six outfield assists, which tied for the 16th most in the NL ... Collected a career-high four hits three times (April 28 at SF, June 2 at COL and July 24 at PHI)…his three four-hit games were the most on the team and tied for the eighth most in the NL ... Appeared in all 16 of the Dodgers' Postseason games, going 8-for-39 (.205) with six runs, a double, two homers and two RBI…hit safely in each game of the NLDS vs. Atlanta to extend his Postseason hitting streak to 10 games, batting .313 (10-for-32) with three doubles, four homers and six RBI during the run, which began in Game 2 of the 2017 World Series vs. Houston.
Spent majority of the season with Los Angeles, hitting .212 with 44 runs, 20 doubles, 11 home runs and 35 RBI along with a .331 on-base percentage in 102 games...Stroked 10 of his 11 home runs off of right-handed pitchers...Appeared mostly in center field throughout the season (92 games), but also played four games in left field... posted a .993 fielding percentage in the outfield, recording just one error in 676.2 innings...Drove in a career-high five runs and slugged the Dodgers first homer of the 2017 season with a grand slam in the third inning on Opening Day...it was the first Dodgers OD grand slam since Eric Karros, who accomplished the feat on April 3, 2000 at Montreal and his five RBI were the most by a Dodger in a season-opener since Raul Mondesi, who recorded six RBI on April 5, 1999 against Arizona...Made two different disabled list stints: placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 24-May 5 with a right groin strain and was placed on the seven-day concussion DL from May 24-June 13...Appeared in a combined 20 games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 12-for- 72 (.167) with one doubles, three homers and nine RBI...Made the Dodgers NLCS and World Series roster during the clubs postseason run, slashing .304 (7-for- 23)/.360/.826 with seven runs, three doubles, three home runs and five RBI in 11 games...during the World Series, he hit .333 (6-for-18) with six runs, two doubles, three homers and five RBI along with a .944 slugging percentage in six games...became just the fourth player (fifth time overall) in Dodger history to collect at least three homers in a single WS, joining Duke Snider (4 HR, 1952 and 1955), Reggie Smith (3 HR, 197 7) and Dave Lopes (3 HR, 1978)...according to STATS LLC., also became just the first player in Major League history to collect a hit and run scored in each of his first six career WS games and became just the fourth player to record 1+ hit and 1+ run in six-plus games in a single World Series, joining George Kelly (6 in 1924), Ron Fairly (7 in 1965) and Willie Stargell (6 in 1979).
Posted a .847 OPS, batting .246 with a .352 on-base percentage, a .495 slugging percentage, 26 doubles, 25 homers and 68 RBI in 137 games...Tied for 10th among NL outfielders with 25 home runs…according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker, averaged 412.1 feet per home run, the seventh-longest in the Majors…led the Dodgers and ranked 14th in the Majors with a 93.2 average exit velocity (Source: Baseball Savant) ...Batted .281 with runners in scoring position...Saw an average of 4.18 pitches per plate appearance, the 10th most in the NL (min. 400 AB) and drew a walk every 7.56 plate appearances (8th, NL)...Placed on the DL from July 1-19 with a sprained right AC joint, suffered in a collision with the outfield wall June 28 at Milwaukee...Went 9-for-36 (.250) with five runs, two doubles, a homer and four RBI in 11 postseason games...had the game-tying home run off Max Scherzer in the seventh inning of NLDS Game 5, which ignited the Dodgers' rally.
Appeared in 151 games in his first full Major League season, batting .210 with 26 home runs and 54 RBI. ... Tied with Chicago's Kris Bryant for the most home runs by a MLB rookie with 26, which rank as the second-most by a rookie in Dodger franchise history, behind only Mike Piazza's 35 in 1993. ... In addition to home runs, also led MLB rookies in walks (92) and ranked among the NL's best rookies in runs (67, 3rd), hits (101, 10th), doubles (19, T-10th), RBI (54, T-6th)…ranked second with 170 strikeouts…his 92 walks were the third most ever by a Dodger rookie behind only Jim Gilliam (100, 1953) and Billy Grabarkewitz (95, 1970). ... Averaged 421.7 feet on his 26 home runs, the longest average distance of any MLB hitter this year (min. 18 HR) according to ESPN Home Run Tracker. ... Homered in five consecutive games from May 31-June 3, setting a Dodgers rookie record and tying Roy Campanella (1950), Shawn Green (2001) and Matt Kemp (2010) for the franchise record for consecutive games with a home run. ... Hit 20 of his 26 home runs before the All-Star break, while batting .230 (69-for-300) in 89 games, before struggling in the second half (.178, 21-for-180, 6 HR) … his 20 home runs were the second most ever for an NL rookie before the All-Star break, behind only the 21 hit by Dave Kingman (1972, SF) and Albert Pujols (2001, STL). ... Earned an All-Star selection, via player balloting, becoming the first Dodger rookie All-Star since Hideo Nomo in 1995 and the first rookie position player to earn a selection since Mike Piazza in 1993…was the first Dodger rookie position player to start in the Midsummer Classic, batting eighth in left field…in addition to Nomo and Piazza, the only other Dodgers to earn a rookie All-Star selection were Don Newcombe (1949), Fernando Valenzuela (1981) and Steve Sax (1982). ... Was the runner-up to the Reds' Todd Frazier in the Home Run Derby…was the seventh different Dodger to participate in the Derby and second Los Angeles rookie to participate in the event (Mike Piazza, 1993)…joined the Cubs' Kris Bryant as the seventh/eighth rookies to participate in the event. ... Averaged 4.21 pitches per plate appearance, the sixth-most in the Majors. ... Made his first Opening Day roster and his first Opening Day start on April 6 vs. San Diego…played exclusively in center field, committing four errors (.986 fielding percentage) and picking up five assists in 1,223.0 innings over 147 games (137 starts). ... Blasted his first big league home run on April 12 at Arizona with a sixth-inning solo shot of A.J. Schugel…hit his first grand slam on May 1 off Arizona's Rubby De La Rosa at Dodger Stadium. ... Recorded his first multi-home run game on May 6 at Milwaukee, two solo shots off Wily Peralta in the fifth and eighth innings. ... From April 27-May 6, all seven of his hits were home runs, becoming the first Major Leaguer to pull off the feat since Jay Bruce (June 16-22, 2013) and the first Dodger to do so since Hee-seop Choi (June 10-14, 2005). ... Appeared in all five of the Dodgers' NLDS games vs. New York, including two starts in center field…went 0-for-4 with four walks. ... Selected as the Dodgers' 2015 Heart and Hustle Award winner by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
Had a historic season with Triple-A Albuquerque and earned a September call-up for his first big league action...Batted .303 and led the PCL with 33 home runs, 106 runs scored and 100 walks, while ranking among the league leaders in RBI (78, 10th), stolen bases (30, 3rd), on-base percentage (.435, 2nd) and slugging percentage (.582, 9th) in 121 games...Posted just the fourth 30-home run/30-stolen base campaign in Pacific Coast League history, joining Frank Demaree (1934), Lefty O'Doul (1927) and Tony Lazzeri (1925)...was just the second Dodger minor leaguer to accomplish the feat, joining Chin-Feng Chen (Single-A San Bernardino, 1999)...Honored as a 2014 midseason Pacific Coast League All-Star, with a selection to the All-PCL Team and as the league's Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year…was also selected by Baseball America to the publication's Minor League All-Star Team....Was honored as the Dodgers' Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year for the second time (also: 2012)…shared the honor with Corey Seager...Proved to be equally dangerous against right-handers (.306/.442/.573) and lefties (.299/.422/.598)...Earned the April Dodger Pride Award, batting .398 with 22 runs scored, nine stolen bases, eight doubles, six homers and 14 RBI in 26 games…posted a .504 on-base percentage and .663 slugging percentage in the month...Was promoted to the big league club on Sept. 1 and made his long-anticipated Major League debut that night...Collected his first big league hit on Sept. 2 with a second-inning single to center off Washington's Doug Fister...On the season, was 4-for-28 (.143) with 11 strikeouts in 18 games...Opened the year by participating in his first big league Spring Training and traveled to Australia with the club in March for the Opening Series...Played for Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League following the season, batting .265 (22-for- 83) with three doubles, a triple, a homer and seven RBI in 22 games
Honored as a 2013 Double-A Southern League Mid-season and Postseason All-Star and also selected to the MLB All-Star Futures Game, batting .278 with 22 homers and 58 RBI in 123 games for Chattanooga...Led the Southern League with a .497 slugging percentage and ranked among the league leaders in home runs (22, T-2nd), stolen bases (31, T-3rd), OBP (.381, 3rd), slugging (.497, 1st), extra-base hits (49, T-4th), runs scored (81, 2nd), total bases (218, 5th) and walks (70, 4th)...Batted .316 against right-handed pitchers (93-for-294) and hit 20 of his 22 homers against righties...Won the April Dodger Pride Award for Chattanooga and during the month tied for seventh in the Southern League with a .304 batting average while hitting a league-leading six home runs in 24 games…also posted a 17-game hitting streak from April 7-24 and hit safely in 19 of 24 April games...named the Southern League Offensive Player of the Week for April 15-21, batting .407 (11-for-27) with five RBI in seven games...Selected as the Dodger Pride Award winner for August, when in 26 games, he ranked among the monthly Southern League leaders in home runs (7, T-3rd, walks (19, 4th) and OBP (.397, 11th)…named the Southern League Player of the Week for the period of August 12-18, batting .435 (10-for-23) with three home runs and eight RBI in six games...Following the season, played for Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League.
In 2012 was selected as the Dodgers' Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year, batting .313 with 26 steals, 26 doubles, four triples, 18 homers and 70 RBI in 110 games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga...ranked among the California League leaders in batting average (8th), on-base percentage (.396, 6th) and slugging percentage (.516, 9th)...Selected to play for Team Israel in its 2012 World Baseball Classic qualifier.
In 2011, was selected as a Topps/Minor League Baseball Short Season-A/Rookie All-Star in his first professional season, combining to hit .323 with 11 homers and 65 RBI in 84 games with Single-A Great Lakes and Rookie-Advanced Ogden...Was also recognized as a 2011 Pioneer League All-Star and a Baseball America Rookie All-Star.
Selected by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.