Dustin Pedroia Is Small, but Mighty

Dan CallagyContributor IAugust 15, 2008

Let's rewind one year, to the end of April 2007. 5'9" Dustin Pedroia was batting under .200 for more than a month and a half. He was a star rising in the minor leagues. Dustin was not a very powerful hitter, but he batted .308 in only two years in the minor leagues.

Let's get back to present time now.

Pedroia, now the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, has quickly adapted to the major-league atmosphere. He has proven scouts wrong, as he has played in the MLB, while at the same height of some seventh or eight graders.

During the 2007 American League Championship Series versus the Indians, Pedroia made a statement, as he batted nearly .400 with one homer and more than 10 RBI, five of which came in Game Seven.

He has settled in as a dominant two hitter—sometimes leadoff—and has made the Red Sox's lineup what we now them as of today: unstoppable. There have been days when their lineup has been off, like when they almost got no-hit by the Angels.

Pedroia has also shined the leather as well. In his first two years, Pedroia has 11 errors, with a .989 fielding pct, third highest among second basemen in the past two years. He has also turned 154 double plays in his two-year career.

Pedroia might be small, but he swings like a right-handed David Ortiz. He will mature as a baseball player and definitely has a bright future ahead of him.