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Joc Pederson joins 30-30 club, first in PCL in 80 years

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Joc Pederson stole second base in the sixth inning for Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday night against Colorado Springs, his 30th steal of the year. Pederson now has 32 home runs and 30 steals this season, the first 30-30 season in the Pacific Coast League since Frank Demaree in 1934.

Pederson walked with one out against Yohan Flande of the Sky Sox in the sixth inning, then the Sky Sox brought in Rafael Betancourt to pitch. With catcher Tim Federowicz batting, Pederson stole second base, beating the throw from catcher Dustin Garneau.

It was the second steal of the series for Pederson, who stole third base in the third inning on Friday night, then was caught stealing second base in the fifth inning.

On the season Pederson leads the PCL with 32 home runs and is tied for sixth with 30 steals.

Pederson is one of four players in PCL history with 30 home runs and 30 steals in the same season, joining Demaree (1934), Lefty O'Doul (1927) and Tony Lazzeri (1925).

There have only been two 30-30 players in Dodgers minor league history, with Pederson now linked with Chin-Feng Chen, who had 31 home runs and 31 steals for Class-A San Bernardino in 1999.