Joc Pederson made a baseball disappear Tuesday, with an assist from a Triple-A cameraman.
Pederson hit his third home run of the young season (above) in the Albuquerque Isotopes’ win over the Reno Aces. We know only that the ball cleared the center-field fence in Reno, which is 410 feet from home plate. It’s an understatement to say that Pederson has taken quickly to the Pacific Coast League; he’s 8 for 17 (.471) with three homers, two doubles and two stolen bases in the first five games of the season.
No one needed a reminder of Pederson’s skill. He spent all of spring training with the Dodgers, traveling to Australia for the exhibition game against the Australian National Team. He hit three Cactus League home runs but also struck out 13 times in 38 at-bats. If anything, the PCL is serving as a confidence booster for the 21-year-old prodigy.
Some bullet points for a Name Yourself Day:
• Kenley Jansen is in a small group of closers who have gained fastball velocities in the last year.
• Tommy John surgeons are trying to add stem cell therapy at the time of the surgical procedure “to enhance the biological healing response.” This, and other fascinating revelations in an interview with Dr. James Andrews on MLB Network Radio SiriusXM.
• Grantland.com blamed the Arizona Diamondbacks’ unraveling on a quick-triggered GM.
• Whatever happened to the bullpen car?
• I made a reference to some Ice Cube lyrics in my game story yesterday. Here’s the song that inspired the reference: