You Like Guys Crashing Into Walls? Check Out This Game-Saving Joc Pederson Catch (Video)
When the Dodgers traded Matt Kemp to the rival Padres in the offseason, a lot of fans probably thought they were crazy. However, the Dodgers had a plan, and that plan’s name was Joc Pederson. The center fielder batted .303/.435/.582 with 33 home runs and 30 stolen bases in Triple-A last year, clearly establishing himself as the Dodger’s center fielder of the future.
So how is the 23-year-old rookie doing so far in 2015? Through 62 games his .248 batting average is a bit low. However, his on-base percentage and slugging percentage are excellent, he’s cracked 17 home runs (on pace for 44), and while his defense may not leave stat-heads swooning, it definitely passes the eyeball test.
Want to see that defense for yourself? Check out this incredible game-saving Joc Pederson catch from Sunday’s Dodgers-Padres game. With the game tied 2-2 with two Padres on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the kid tracked down a deep drive off the bat of Justin Upton and made the catch just before crashing into the wall at full speed.
Man, if that were Wrigley Field, Joc Pederson would be dead. Check out the give in the center field wall:
In any case, Pederson’s catch sent the game to extra innings, and the Dodgers would go on to win 4-2 in 12. So who needs Matt Kemp, right?
Hat Tip – [Cut4]