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Joc Pederson was considered the Dodgers' top prospect heading into 2014, and the label has only been solidified halfway through the year.
Heading into Thursday's MLB draft—where the Dodgers selected him in the 11th round four years ago—Pederson has been tearing up the Pacific Coast League competition.
The 22-year-old is batting .337 with 15 home runs and 36 RBI to go along with 13 stolen bases.
The numbers are staggering, but Pederson continues to wait for his chance. As an outfielder, it will be tough for him to crack the 25-man roster.
With Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier already stationed at the major league level, Los Angeles' outfield is already over capacity.
However, management's patience may be over capacity as well. The star-studded Dodgers are just one game over .500 and have been treading water all year long.
If fortunes don't change quickly, Pederson realizes his opportunity may arise sooner rather than later.
"Realistically, the way I see it, something has to happen where they have to make a move," Pederson told Sports Illustrated's Albert Chen. "They might have to make a deal. I know they have some problems with their infielders, who knows what they need. But they might make a deal.
After all, Pederson almost got the call one year ago when the Dodgers were scuffling in a similar fashion. The team ended up promoting Puig instead, and the Cuban sensation helped turn the season around.
For now, the 6'1", 185-pound left-hander continues to dominate the PCL as the league's fifth-youngest position player.
Pederson has even shown a marked improvement against left-handed pitchers—a past weakness of the outfielder's. His .292/.378/.492 slash line against southpaws has helped his stock rise as fast as any other prospect's through the first two months of the season.