In what seemed to kind of fly under-the-radar, Joc Pederson put together the best season of his career in 2019.
What went right
When you look back at Pederson’s season, the first thing that will stand out were his 36 home runs. It shattered his previous career best of 26 long balls that he set during his rookie season. Nine of those homers came when he led off the game. He now has 20 lead-off home runs for his career, the second most in Dodgers history.
On top of finishing with a career-high in homers, he also posted career-bests in average (.249), slugging percentage (.538), OPS (.876), and OPS+ (127). His WAR of 3.3 was tied for the best mark of his career.
His months were up-and-down, but he shined during May and September. In May, he hit .323 with a 1.128 OPS. He added seven homers and scored 16 runs. He topped that in September, where he was the best player in the lineup down the final stretch. During the final month of the season, Pederson hit .344 with an OPS of nearly 1.300. He hit nine home runs and drove in 16.
He also participated in the Home Run Derby, giving us one of the more exciting rounds in recent memory.