Paly grad Pederson a positive contributor to Dodgers' success


Palo Alto High grad and Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson is the occasional source of consternation thanks to his generally low batting averages and his propensity to strike out. Those are two old-line indicators of batting prowess, and Pederson comes up short on both counts.

This season, the 24-year-old has made progress in this regard, but he's still a bit shy of the league-relevant benchmarks.

This year, the average major-leaguer is hitting .256, while Pederson checks in at .250. The average major-league is striking out in 21.0 percent of his plate appearances, while Pederson is striking out in 26.0 of his.

Again, Pederson's shown positive skills growth on this front (he batted .210 and had a K% of 29.1 in his rookie season of 2015), but he's still below average.

Pederson (apologies to Giants fans) has been a very valuable contributor to the first-place Dodgers.

In doing so, he's provided something of a blueprint as to how a position player can add wins despite a low average and some swing-and-miss.

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