Dodgers minor league outfielder Joc Pederson made history last week by becoming the first 30-30 player in the Pacific Coast League in 80 years. On Thursday, Pederson was voted 2014 PCL Most Valuable Player for his efforts.
Pederson received over half of the votes from league managers and media representatives, outpacing fellow top prospects Javier Baez (Iowa, Cubs), Kris Bryant (Iowa), Adam Duvall (Fresno, Giants) and Shane Peterson (Sacramento, Athletics), all of whom received votes.
Pederson is the first Dodgers player to win PCL MVP since Phil Hiatt in 2000. Hiatt that season hit 44 home runs for the Las Vegas 51s, tying Greg Brock's 19-year-od franchise record for most home runs by a minor league player in one season.
The 22-year-old Pederson, who will join the Dodgers next week after active roster limits expand, is hitting .304/.434/.590 with 33 home runs, 30 stolen bases, 101 runs scored, 96 walks and 76 RBI in 118 games for Triple-A Albuquerque. He is the first PCL player with 30 homers and 30 steals in the same season since Frank Demaree of thein 1934.
Pederson leads the PCL in home runs, runs, total bases (256), on-base percentage, OPS and walks.
He is the second top Dodgers prospect this season to take home top minor league honors, joining California League MVP Corey Seager.
Earlier this week Pederson was named to the All-PCL team, and was also voted the league Rookie of the Year.
|Dodgers to win Pacific Coast League MVP|
|Willie Davis||OF||1960||Spokane Indians|
|Bobby Valentine||SS||1970||Spokane Indians|
|Tommy Hutton||1B||1971||Spokane Indians|
|Tom Paciorek||OF||1972||Albuquerque Dukes|
|Dennis Lewallyn||RHP||1980||Albuquerque Dukes|
|Mike Marshall||1B||1981||Albuquerque Dukes|
|Jose Offerman||SS||1990||Albuquerque Dukes|
|Billy Ashley||OF||1994||Albuquerque Dukes|
|Paul Konerko||1B||1997||Albuquerque Dukes|
|Phil Hiatt||3B||2001||Las Vegas 51s|
|Joc Pederson||OF||2014||Albuquerque Isotopes|