Pederson showcased his skills in the Futures Game, ripping a base hit off hard-throwing Rays lefty Enny Romero. Coming into the season, there were doubts about what his future would hold. Via Baseball Prospectus and Jason Parks:
Call him a gamer or a grinder or whatever, but Pederson knows how to play the game, with feel and five-tool utility. He doesn’t have impact tools, which is a concern for some, as the bat has to carry the load if he wants to hang in a major-league lineup… Pederson is a future regular to some and a tweener to others, and a heavy dose of Double-A baseball should help bring the real prospect profile into the light.
But Pederson has excelled this year, with a .903 OPS in AA. He has played all but nine of his games in center field this year, hopefully establishing that, at least in the short term, he can pass for a center fielder.
However, the Dodgers have a well-documented logjam in the outfield, and given that the first of those contracts to expire is Carl Crawford’s in 2017, there doesn’t look to be room for Pederson at any point in the near future. Therefore, despite his steps forward this year, it wouldn’t be shocking if he’s included in a trade.