Joc Russell Pederson is an American professional baseball outfielder who is excellently known as Joc Pederson. He is an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB) whereas he previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. He debuted with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014. Following the 2010 MLB Draft, he decided to sign with the Dodgers rather than play at USC. He started his career with one of the Dodgers’ farm teams, the Ogden Raptors, and was named a Rookie League, Pioneer League, and Baseball America Rookie All-Star. He was named the league’s Most Valuable Player of 2014 while playing for the Pacific Coast League. Joc won a World Series title with the Dodgers in 2020 and also helped the team reach the World Series in 2017 and 2019. Moreover, he signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs which includes a mutual option for the 2022 season on 5th February 2021.
Braves acquire OF Joc Pederson in trade with Cubs
Joc Pederson was acquired by the Atlanta Braves in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, bolstering their outfield after losing Ronald Acuna Jr. to a season-ending knee injury. Atlanta sent minor league first baseman Bryce Ball to Chicago for Pederson, who is batting .230 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 73 games. The 29-year-old Pederson spent his first seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers before signing with the Cubs in free agency in February.
Atlanta assumes the $1,935,484 remaining of Pederson’s $4.5 million salaries. The deal includes a $10 million mutual option with a $2.5 million buyout and allows Pederson to earn $125,000 each for 500, 525, 550, and 575 plate appearances. The Pederson deal could be the first of many for Chicago before the July 30 trade deadline. The Cubs dropped 13 of 15 before the break, moving the team into sell mode after it was once on top of the NL Central.
- Being an American professional baseball player.
- For playing as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Where is Joc Pederson from?
Joc Pederson took birth on 21st April 1992 with the real name of Joc Russell Pederson in Palo Alto, California, America. He holds American nationality and he belongs to the American-white ethnicity. Similarly, his religious belief is in the Christian religion. Joc’s race is white and his present age is 29 which he recently celebrated in 2021. As per his birthdate, his star sign is Taurus. Joc is the son of Shelly Pederson (mother) and Stu Pederson (father). His father is an American retired professional baseball outfielder whereas his mother was an athletic trainer in college. His older brother Tyger Pederson also played baseball for the University of Pacific. His younger sister, Elite is an amateur soccer player. He also has an elder brother, Champ, who has Down’s syndrome.
Talking about Joc’s academic qualification, he attended Palo Alto High School and graduated in 2010.
How was the Baseball Career of Joc Pederson?
- Joc Pederson kicks off his baseball career being selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft where he was given a $600,000 bonus for signing with the Dodgers. He had a .353 batting average/.429 OBP/.568 slugging percentage with 11 homers, leading the league with 64 runs batted in (RBIs), a .997 on-base plus slugging (OPS) percentage, and nine outfields assists in 2011.
- Then, he was selected as both a Pioneer League and Rookie League All-Star and was promoted to the Class-A (Advanced) Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League in 2012, at age 20. He batted .313./.396/.526 with 96 runs (4th in the league), 48 extra-base hits, and 26 stolen bases for the Quakes.
- As well, the Dodgers selected him as their 2012 “Minor League Player of the Year,” and MILB.com named him a Dodgers organization All-Star.
- He received a promotion to the Class AA Chattanooga Lookouts in the Southern League in 2013 and was selected to play for the United States at the All-Star Futures Game, and was also selected to play in the Southern League All-Star Game.
- He hit .278 while leading the league with a .497 slugging percentage. Pederson also finished second with 22 home runs and 81 runs scored; third with 31 stolen bases, a .381 on-base percentage, and a .878 OPS; and fifth in walks.
- Joc was named the 34th-best prospect in baseball by “Baseball America” in February 2014 and was then assigned to the Class AAA Albuquerque Isotopes to begin the 2014 season.
- He was also named minor league Prospect of the Month by MLBPipeline.com in April 2014 after batting .398 (second-best in the league)/.504/.663 with 6 home runs and 9 steals.
- He was named to the mid-season Pacific Coast League All-Star team after batting .319/.437/.568 (3rd) with a 1.005 OPS, 17 home runs, 57 walks, 58 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases, in 74 games.
- Later he finished his minor league season hitting .303/.435 (leading the league)/.582 (3rd in the league) whereas “Baseball America” named him their Class AAA Player of the Year, a Class AAA All-Star, and a member of their 2014 Minor League All-Star team.
- He was named the organization’s top player for the second time, though he was a co-winner with shortstop Corey Seager this year.
Los Angeles Dodgers
- Joc was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster with major league rosters expanding to 40 players for September and called up to the Majors for the first time on 1st September 2014. He had four hits in 28 at-bats in 18 games.
- “Baseball America” named him the #8 prospect in 2015, as well as MLB.com, ranked him the 13th-best prospect in baseball going into the 2015 season.
- Joc hit his first MLB home run on 12th April 2015 off of A. J. Schugel of the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 7-4 victory and he also hit his first major league grand slam off of Rubby De La Rosa of the Diamondbacks, a 446-foot blow on 1st May of the following year.
- He was selected to the National League squad in the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game whereas he also became the first Dodgers rookie position player to ever start in an All-Star game.
- In 151 games in 2015, he hit .210/.346/.417 with 26 homers, 67 runs, 54 RBIs, and 92 walks (fifth in the NL). He reached the playoffs for the first time as Los Angeles faced the New York Mets in the 2015 NL Division Series (NLDS).
- Pederson hit solo home runs against Jered Weaver and A. J. Achter on 17th May 2016 in a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels and also hit solo home runs against Tom Koehler and Brian Ellington on 10th September in a 5-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.
- He had an RBI single against Mike Montgomery in Game 3 of the NLCS and scored a run as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 6-0. He had four hits in 21 at-bats in the series, scoring three runs, but the Dodgers fell to the Cubs in six games.
- He appeared in 137 games in 2016, batting 246/.352/.495 with 25 home runs, 25 doubles, and 68 RBIs.
- Joc began the 2017 season strong, hitting a grand slam home run on Opening Day (3rd April) against the San Diego Padres which was the first grand slam by a Dodger hitter on Opening Day since Eric Karros hit one on 3rd April 2000, against Montreal.
- He batted .212/.331/.407 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs in 273 at-bats in 2017.
- He hit another home run against Musgrove in Game 6, as the Dodgers won 3-1 whereas he batted .333/.400/.944 in 18 at-bats and led the Dodgers in runs (6) and home runs (3) while tying for the team lead in doubles (2) and RBIs (5).
- Later Joc signed a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Dodgers for 2018, avoiding salary arbitration where he had two home-run games within a week of each other, in Dodger victories on 2nd and 8th June.
- In his 2018 campaign, he played in 148 games, hitting .248/.321/.522 with 25 home runs and 56 RBIs in 395 at-bats.
- He had the third-best fielding percentage among National League left fielders (.992) on defense, finishing fifth among them in assists (six).
- He hit a first-pitch leadoff home run against Mike Foltynewicz of the Braves in a 6-0 victory in Game One of the 2018 NLDS.
- He agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with the Dodgers for 2019, avoiding salary arbitration where he hit his 100th career home run against San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack on 14th May.
- He also participated in the Home Run Derby at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game and lost in the semi-finals to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in a battle that went to a swing-off tie-breaker.
- Pederson became the second player in National League history to have an extra-base hit in six consecutive at-bats from 1st to 4th September. He played in 149 games, hitting .249/.339/.538 with 36 home runs and 74 RBIs in 450 at-bats, and was 5th in the NL and tied for 5th of all Dodgers ever with a home run every 12.5 at-bats.
- Joc smashed the hardest-hit Dodgers home run of the year in the first game of the 2019 NLDS against the Washington Nationals, with a 114.9 mph exit velocity.
- After losing an arbitration hearing with the Dodgers, Pederson was awarded $7.5 million for the 2020 season however the 2020 MLB season did not start until 24th July due to the COVID-19 situation. As a result, the season only lasted 60 games; Pederson appeared in 43 of them.
- He started getting a few starts at designated hitter as the NL implemented the position for the first time in 2020.
- He batted .190/.285/.397 with 21 runs, seven home runs, and 16 RBIs in 121 at-bats in 2020 and ended the year fourth in career at-bats-per-home-run among all Dodgers (16.6), and 10th in career hit by pitch (44).
- Joc was one of three Dodgers to hit a home run in the first inning in Game 3 of the 2020 National League Championship Series, marking the first time that three players from the same team had homered in the first inning of a playoff game.
- He hit the fifth home run of his World Series career in Game 5 of the 2020 World Series which was a second-inning solo shot against Tyler Glasnow that would prove the winning margin of victory in Los Angeles’s 4-2 triumph.
- He batted .382/.432/.559 with a .991 OPS, two home runs, and eight RBIs in the playoffs for the Dodgers. Pederson became a free agent after the World Series.
- Joc signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs which includes a mutual option for the 2022 season on 5th February 2021 and was motivated to sign with the Cubs because he hoped for more playing time than he had gotten with the Dodgers. He played in 73 games for the Cubs, hitting .230 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI.
- Pederson was traded to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor league prospect Bryce Ball on 15th July 2021.
Who is Joc Pederson Wife?
Joc Pederson is a married baseballer. He tied a knot with his longtime girlfriend Kelsey Williams in January 2018. During the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers in October 2018, their daughter Poppy Jett was born. Presently the couple lives in Studio City, California and their relationship is outstanding till now and hope it will remain as same as in the future too. Regarding Joc’s sexual orientation, he is straight.
How much is Joc Pederson Net Worth?
Joc Pederson is a versatile guy who has a net worth of $5 million as of 2021. He has also a handsome amount of salary which is around $520,000 per year. In his short professional time also, he has established himself an identity already. He has also earned a considerable amount of money from his profession as his major source of income is from his baseball career.
How tall is Joc Pederson?
Joc Pederson is 6 feet 1 inch tall whereas his body weighs around 84 kg. His ethnic background is probably one of the reasons for his bold and extremely attractive personality. He has good-looking dark brown hair and eyes color. Joc is athletic by body build. He undeniably has the quality that appeals to the opposite sex.
Did You Know?
- Following the 2010 MLB Draft, Joc decided to sign with the Dodgers rather than play at USC.
- He began his career with one of the Dodgers’ farm teams, the Ogden Raptors, and was named a Rookie League, Pioneer League, and Baseball America Rookie All-Star.
- While playing for the Pacific Coast League, he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player of 2014.
- In 2015, he became the fifth Dodger to hit a homer in five consecutive games.
- He debuted with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014.