Mar 2, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson (65) runs the bases against the San Diego Padres in the second inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers unlikely to call up top prospect Joc Pederson for a 'while'

Los Angeles Dodgers fans hoping to see top prospect Joc Pederson are likely going to have to wait a while.

There were rumors earlier this week suggesting that Pederson could be in line for a promotion after Carl Crawford went down with injury, but Matt Kemp, who had previously been benched for five consecutive days took over Crawford’s spot in left field.

Not wanting to have Pederson rot away on the bench, the team has apparently decided to keep him at the minor league level for a ‘while’ and keep their rotation of Kemp, Crawford, Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier in the outfield (when all players are healthy, of course).

There’s been clamoring to bring him up to the majors with him having an excellent season (.337, 15 HRs, 33 RBIs, 13 steals) in Triple A. He’s a lefthanded-hitting center fielder and he would solve some of the Dodgers’ future problems. But they have committed to Andre Ethier in center now that manager Don Mattingly has decided Matt Kemp needs to become a corner outfielder. As a big-market team, the Dodgers need to win now and not be in the development business at the major league level. Unless there are more outfield injuries, Pederson will likely stay put for a while.

Pederson is clearly more talented than Ethier and would likely provide better numbers than both Crawford and Kemp, though, with hefty investments in their current Major League outfielders there’s nothing the Dodgers can do.

That said, Pederson is more than ready for Major League pitching and it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Dodgers attempt to move one of their outfielders (sans Puig, obviously) before the July trade deadline.

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  • thomas rickard

    The pressure to win now might change things if the club doesn’t turn things around soon, it seems unlikely that a team spending about 230mil a year is going to be worried about 20mil if it will turn the team around. The tv contact will never get done unless there is enough fan demand, that means they need to be one of the best, and now we are talking about B’s, and the last thing they want is to wind up like Houston, with a tv station in bankruptcy.

  • Robert Camp

    The writer says there is nothing the Dodgers can do. That’s horse crap! The Dodgers can bring up Joc P and simply bench Kemp and Ethier or Kemp and Crawford. Bottom line, Kemp is done! He may get it back, but if you can bring someone up and spark some energy into this line up why not. Why are the Dodgers placating to these egos. I thought it was about the team. Personally, I would love to see Puig, Pederson and Van Slyke as the everyday starting line up, (not going to happen) but it’s time to cut bait. Kemp, Ethier, and Crawford. Close your eyes, pick two of these non productive players, and trade them and eat salary. Call up Pederson and platoon Van Slyke and Ethier or Crawford.

  • MovieJay

    Yup, the Dodgers are kind of screwed. Kemp and Crawford are both $20 million players while Ethier is at about $16 million. They’re all about 3 years in to deals that have 3, 4 and 5 more years on them. Who wants to pick that up? You gotta play ‘em if they’re healthy so that if someone starts doing well, maybe you can ship them for some bullpen help, but right now they’re stuck with them and I don’t see them trading Pederson.