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Pederson on the verge of joining elite baseball company

 

Palo Alto grad Joc Pederson hit his 30th home run of the season for Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday night to close in on becoming the first player in the Pacific Coast League to record a 30-30 season since 1934 and just the fourth overall.

Pederson hit his home run against Nashville's Donovan Hand, who appeared in 30 games with the Milwaukee Brewers last year and finished with a 1-5 record and a 3.70 ERA.


Joc Pederson/Albuquerque Isotopes
The Los Angeles Dodgers will almost certainly call up Pederson, who has been around the .300 mark most of the season, when rosters expand September 1. He's considered one of the top prospects in the Minor Leagues.

Pederson walked three times against the Sounds on Tuesday night, scored two runs and was thrown out trying to steal. He has 28 stolen bases on the year for the Isotopes, who finish their season on Sept. 1.

The three-time minor-league all-star hit in six straight games and nine of 10 entering play Tuesday night. Pederson hit 22 homers and stole 31 bases for Double-A Charlotte last year.

Los Angeles Angels' Frank Demaree was the last player to accomplish the feat, hitting 45 home runs and stealing 41 bases in 189 games. He also led the league in numerous other categories, including batting average (.383), RBI (173) and doubles (51).

Demaree spent half the 1932 season and all of the 1933 season with the Chicago Cubs. After his year with the Angels, a team that is generally acknowledged as the best ever in PCL history, Demaree went on to a 12-year career in the majors. He was named to the National League all-star team twice.

W. R. Bill Schroeder, who covered the PCL for 40 years and wrote about the 1934 Angels team, published a SABR report that verifies Demaree's accomplishments.

Baseball historians Bill Weiss and Marshall Wright also confirmed the information in their article published by MiLB.com.

The only other players who ever managed to produce a 30-30 season in the PCL were Lefty O'Doul in 1927 and Tony Lazerri in 1925.

Pederson, who could play as many as 12 more games with the Isotopes, could be in some pretty good company.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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