Who is Joc Pederson?
Joc Pederson is a competitive baseball player in America. Since 2014, he is playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers of the MLB (Major League Baseball). He plays as the Centerfielder. Also, in 2017, he led the team to compete in the World Series. Joc is renowned among an outstanding player baseball player. Furthermore, in 2015, he created a record of being the fifth Dodger to hit a homer in five successive games.
Joc was born on April 21, 1992, in Palo, Alto, California, with the name Joc Russell Pederson. He was born to his father Stu Pederson and his mother Shelley Pederson, with the birth sign of Taurus. Stu is also a professional player who played for Los Angeles Dodgers, and for 12 years in Minor League Baseball, while Shelley was an athletic trainer. Joc grew up along with his three siblings, Tyger Pederson, Jacey Pederson, and Champ Pederson. His elder brother Tyger Pederson also is a competitive baseball player who plays for the University of the Pacific, and in further other leagues including Dodgers minor league. Likewise, his elder sister also is a national level soccer player.
Besides, Joc holds an American nationality, and as per ethnicity, he belongs to Jewish. With the height of 6 feet 1 inch and weigh about 84 kg, he has been able to maintain his body fit and healthy.
Joc followed the footsteps of his father from a very young age. He showed his interest in sports from an early age. For his education, firstly he attended Palo Alto High School. He played football and baseball, during his senior years. He batted an average of .466, and on-base percentage .577, along with slugging percentage .852, and stolen bases 22. Similarly, he enrolled in playing football, driving 30 receptions for 650 yards and 9 touchdowns. Joc certified from the school in 2010.
Later, certifying from high school, he enrolled in the Hawaii Collegiate Basketball League. There he grabbed the attention of people hitting .319 with the Waimea Waves. He came to be in the top outlook and became the league’s All-Star Game.
Professional Career of Joc Pederson
Joc started his professional career after the Los Dodgers chose Joc for the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. Though he first declared to play for the University of Southern California, he later signed with the Dodgers. He signed a contract with the signing bonus worth $600 thousand.
Joc started his game in 2011 during the Pioneer League and scored .353/ .429/ .568. He played amazingly due to which he got chosen for both the Pioneer League and a Rookie League All-Star. Similarly, he enlisted in a Baseball America Rookie All-Star and a Topps Short-Season/ Rookie League All-Star.
Furthermore, playing the draft and minor leagues for three years, Joc started his MLB career with the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 1, 2014. He played his first game in opposition to the Washington Nationals. The organization loved his playing skills from the position as a center fielder due to which he could play in the Majors. In total, he played 18 games, in which he made four hits in 28 at-bats.
More About His Career
Likewise, in 2015, he ranked 8th in the prospect of Baseball America and became the 13th best prospect from MLB.com. Joc drove the team to home runs, RBIs and runs scored. He started his 2015 season from the opening day playing as a center fielder, is the youngest Dodgers opening day starting center fielder after the Willie Crawford.
For the first time, he hit MLB home on April 12, and the first major league on May 1. Moreover, he created a history hitting a homer for four successive years. Particularly, in 2015, he also came into the list of players in Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He again made a record of being the first Dodger to start in the All-Star game. Furthermore, he played in the Home Run Derby and competed in the finals. However, Todd Frazier defeated in the final round with 15-14. In total, he played 151 games and hit 26 homers, along with 54 RBIs, 67 runs, and 92 walks.
In 2016, Joc played a game in opposition to the Milwaukee Brewers. Sadly, he suffered from the injury in the right AC joint. However, he returned back and played marvelously. In total, he displayed in 137 games hitting 25 home runs, along with 68 RBIs and 25 doubles. During the next season, he hit a dignified home run on an Opening Day.
Joc extended his contract for one more year with the Dodgers in 2018 worth $2.6 million. In total, he played 148 games hitting 25 home runs and 56 RBIs. Similarly, in 2019, Dodgers extended the contract with him worth $5 million. Moreover, in opposition to the game with the San Diego Padres, he hit his century home runs.
Personal Life of Joc Pederson
Joc Pederson is a married man. He tied a knot to his beautiful longtime girlfriend, Kelsey Williams, in January 2018. The couple shared vows with each other in Santa Barbara in a private party including their family and some of his teammates. Kelsey is certified from Duke University and also played volleyball during her University. Furthermore, the couple is blessed with a son, born in November 2018. Presently, Joc along with his family is residing in Studio City, California.
Joc Pederson from his amazing career has been able to earn name and fame. Likewise, he also has been able to accumulate a handsome amount of money. In 2018, he signed a year contract worth $3 million. Besides, his net worth is estimated to be about $17 million as of 2020.