Sophomore Year 2016: National League edition

We are coming off a season in which Major League Baseball’s wealth of first-year talent was on display. In fact, there is a trend beyond the aptly titled “Year of the Rookie” of youth contribution to big league squads. Prospect Insider’s Jason A. Churchill looked at this in more depth when he examined the American League West’s pre-arbitration players to better assess the division’s future. These players have played an increasingly important role on successful teams. Here, we’re going to take the performances of some of the National League’s top rookies and examine what…

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Can Pederson sustain success?

We’re still not even a month’s worth of games into the season, meaning a glance at Major League Baseball’s leaderboards will yield names such as Jake Marisnick, Adrian Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz and Joc Pederson. Neither Marisnick nor Gonzalez will maintain a wRC+ north of 200 throughout the season, probably. Cruz lead all of baseball and home runs last year and has yet to cool off after a scorching April. And Pederson? Well, the super-prospect is pretty much doing everything. Pederson, an eleventh-round pick in the 2010 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers,…

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Carmont: Red Sox should move Lester

Rarely does an elite starting pitcher change zip codes in the week leading up to the trade deadline, especially one that was part of a world championship team the year before. However the Boston Red Sox find themselves in a difficult situation with their ace Jon Lester who is set for a major payday as a free agent this winter. There’s mutual interest in keeping the southpaw in Beantown, but the two sides weren’t able to agree to an extension in Spring Training and a deal before the end of the season seems unlikely…

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Could M’s use a second Van Slyke?

The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in an enviable yet difficult position in which they have too many good outfielders. There’s an awful lot of talent between the trio of Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, and Andre Ethier but injuries have limited the playing time and effectives of all three over the last couple seasons and it’s been rare to see a time when a spot on the disabled list isn’t occupied by at least one of them. Add in superstar slugger Yasiel Puig and top prospect Joc Pederson who’s ready…

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ICYMI: May 10 – June 22

After a couple tough losses to the San Diego Padres earlier in the week, the Seattle Mariners have managed to pull off a sweep of the red hot Kansas City Royals and now sit four games above .500. The previous six weeks or so have been up and down for the M’s, and have included a five-game winning and five-game losing streak, but a Wild Card spot is easily within reach at the moment. Let’s take a look at what’s been covered at Prospect Insider over the last six weeks. The…

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Scouting Mariners, Dodgers in PCL

TACOMA — There were several interesting young players in uniform at Cheney Stadium when the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) hosted the Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers) Saturday evening. The pitching matchup pitted two non-prospects in right-handers Jordan Pries and Red Patterson, but both have enough stuff and command to present a challenge to each other as well as the opposing lineups. Joc Pederson, CF The last time I saw Perderson he was trying to pull almost everything and when he wasn’t he was putting too much effort into using the whole field, often…

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Prospect Watch: Dodgers’ Lee shines

I attended Sunday’s game between Tacoma and Albuquerque, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Albuquerque’s lineup featured two of the Dodgers top prospects: pitcher Zach Lee and center fielder Joc Pederson. Zach Lee, RHP Lee is an athletic 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander. As a high schooler, he was recruited to play quarterback by LSU, and his athleticism is evident on the mound. He works with a smooth and repeatable high three-quarters delivery. I really liked his arm action; as he delivers, he scapulates and extends his arm well and he’s able…

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