What to do with Joc Pederson? His bat skills have fallen off a cliff. We hear that the pitchers have adjusted to him, or they have found a hole in his swing. He is trying to adjust back, aka fix the hole. Whatever it is, he has had little success. His hitting numbers (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS):
April .298/.461/.596/1.057 out of this world
May .236/.341/.519/.860 very good
June .222/.379/.495/.874 still good because of the walks
July .169/.229/.258/.488 awful
last 14 days .182/.206/.333/.539
last 7 days .000/.000/.000/.000
What about his defense? Do the numbers show that he is a stellar center fielder? Do we have anyone who has similar or better numbers in center field? We’ll look at errors (fielding percentage), range (number of putouts and assists per nine innings played), and assists. The career numbers shown below reflect only what each player has done as a center fielder in the major leagues.
Pederson 98.1% fielding pct, 2.04 range, 5 assists in 112 games
Ethier 98.9% fielding pct, 2.02 range, 5 assists in 144 games
Puig 97.6% fielding pct, 2.22 range, 8 assists in 63 games
Hernandez 96.7% fielding pct, 2.78 range, 0 assists in 24 games
Van Slyke 100.0% fielding pct, 2.07 range, 0 assists in 21 games
Tabata 96.0% fielding pct, 1.91 range, 0 assists in 16 games
If the Dodgers sent Pederson back to AAA for a month, who would cover center field? Based on the above statistics, Yasiel Puig or Andre Ethier could do the job, with Enrique Hernandez filling in once in a while. The outfield in August could look like: Crawford/Van Slyke in left field, Puig in center field, and Ethier in right field.