The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t playing bad baseball right now, but they’re not playing good baseball either.
They’re also dealing with an expensive roster crunch that has all but limited the chance of uber prospect Joc Pederson from finding a ticket to the Big Show.
Currently destroying AAA pitching, Pederson has many believing he’s ready for a promotion to the big leagues but with Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Andre Etheir all fighting for a starting gig, there simply isn’t enough room for Pederson to play every day in the outfield.
That’s not Los Angeles’ only problem however as the trio of Crawford, Kemp and Ethier all make a ton of money so trading one away to free up space for Pederson isn’t going to be easy without the Dodgers eating a ton of money.
All of that has forced Pederson to remain in Triple-A though there may be more to the story than that.
Just a few days ago, it was reported that Pederson wouldn’t be promoted ‘for a while’ and apparently the Dodgers don’t feel he’s a finished product yet and still has some maturity issues according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
“The first, of course, is that their outfield remains overly crowded, particularly if Yasiel Puig recovers quickly from a left hip pointer. But Pederson, in the view of club officials, still is not a finished product.
He is striking out once every 3.5 plate appearances and remains a work in progress against left-handed pitching. The team also wants to see him mature. Pederson, 22, has failed to run out groundballs on multiple occasions.”
Sounds like they may want to keep Pederson away from Matt ‘speed walk to first’ Kemp.