Dbacks Sign Joc Pederson

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Per Gambo.

On one hand a disappointment after we were getting Martinez or Turner. But Pederson is better than what we have had before.


One particular bat to keep an eye on is Joc Pederson, a two-time All-Star with an .800 OPS across ten big league seasons and 1,140 career games. While he missed the cut-off for MLBTR’s Top 50 list, he is arguably the best hitter remaining among the honorable mentions, and if he rediscovers the success he had in 2022, he could prove to be a bargain for his new club.

Over the first five years of his career, Pederson was a consistent power threat and a walk machine, crushing 123 home runs to go along with a 12.1% walk rate and a .245 isolated power. After a couple of down years in 2020 and ’21, the lefty slugger bounced all the way back in ’22, putting up the best offensive numbers of his career. His .874 OPS ranked seventh in the National League (min. 400 PA), while his 146 wRC+ ranked fifth. He was named to his first All-Star team since his rookie season and was a Silver Slugger finalist in the outfield.
 
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Underwhelmed

I will be underwhelmed if he was the same guy as last year but he's only 32 and his career numbers are very good. Plus he had some really poor luck last year.

While his .235 BA was below league average, his .264 xBA (per Baseball Savant) was significantly above average. Moreover, the -0.029 difference between his BA and xBA was the second largest gap among NL hitters (min. 200 balls in play).

In the same vein, the lefty’s .366 xwOBA was right in line with his .367 xwOBA from the previous season. Indeed, Pederson’s Baseball Savant page paints a pretty promising picture overall. His xwOBA ranked in the 90th percentile in MLB, while his 52.2% hard-hit rate ranked in the 96th. On top of that, he set a new career high in maximum exit velocity, crushing one particular pitch at 116.6 mph. Only 13 hitters topped that number in 2023, a list of batters littered with MVP candidates and All-Stars. Needless to say, we’re talking about a hitter who can still demolish the baseball.
 

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I will be underwhelmed if he was the same guy as last year but he's only 32 and his career numbers are very good. Plus he had some really poor luck last year.

While his .235 BA was below league average, his .264 xBA (per Baseball Savant) was significantly above average. Moreover, the -0.029 difference between his BA and xBA was the second largest gap among NL hitters (min. 200 balls in play).

In the same vein, the lefty’s .366 xwOBA was right in line with his .367 xwOBA from the previous season. Indeed, Pederson’s Baseball Savant page paints a pretty promising picture overall. His xwOBA ranked in the 90th percentile in MLB, while his 52.2% hard-hit rate ranked in the 96th. On top of that, he set a new career high in maximum exit velocity, crushing one particular pitch at 116.6 mph. Only 13 hitters topped that number in 2023, a list of batters littered with MVP candidates and All-Stars. Needless to say, we’re talking about a hitter who can still demolish the baseball.
I hope you are right!
 

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Great offseason. We addressed pretty much every need top to bottom and didnt settle
 

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This seems like instead of plugging the hole with a steel plate we put duck tape over it. I guess it's better than what we had.
 
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This seems like instead of plugging the hole with a steel plate we put duck tape over it. I guess it's better than what we had.

Even on a down year, Pederson's OPS+ would have been #5 on the team last year. So it's light years better than what we had. His advanced metrics show he is basically on the same tier as JD and Turner.

Do they go out and get a Righty 5th OF is the question. Az Sports has a great article about it.

 
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