It seems as though fans are starting to notice Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson. With nine days left to vote for the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball released its penultimate voting update. Pederson moved into sixth place among National League outfielders in votes — the highest he’s been all season.
Though he’s probably too far behind the top three to start the game, his monstrous home runs and spectacular defense will probably earn him a spot as a reserve. According to True Blue LA, only five Dodger rookies have ever been selected as All-Stars — Don Newcombe, Fernando Valenzuela, Steve Sax, Mike Piazza and Hideo Nomo.
With his 19th home run of the year on Monday night in Chicago, Pederson passed Piazza for the most home runs by a Dodger rookie before the All-Star break.