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

Los Angeles Dodgers feel Joc Pederson isn't 'finished product'?

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.

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  • King of Hearts

    Better to play a product that might be unfinished than a pair of stale washed up products.

  • thomas rickard

    It’s still about losing a year of control, last year during may they where saying same things about Puig, he’s not ready over and over, even some of same issues.

  • J.M. Martin

    “…failed to run out ground balls on multiple occasions…” Ha. That’s half the MLB at least.

  • derail76

    Those of you saying he may be an unfinished product, but is better than Kemp Ethier or Crawford need to get their heads examined. He is an awful defender. Guys are running all over him in CF, and he profiles as more of a LF’r. He’s striking out over 30% of the time. That’s 200 K’s in 600 AB’s. His .443 batting avg. on balls in play, is totally unsustainable. (His career babip is .290). I honestly see a guy that is going to hit less than .250, strikes out close to 200 times, and plays awful defense in CF. Now there’s reports of a bad attitude as well? I’m not too high on this guy. Remember when Jerry Sands ripped the cover off the ball in ABQ, and everybody wanted to see him because he was the next big thing? Where’s he at now?

  • Keith Terceira

    Maturity Issues ! lol…While you’re playing Puig in the OF…Now maturity matters