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Dustin Pedroia
Birthdate: 8/17/1983 (33 y, 7 m, 8 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 5-9/180     Position: 2B
Drafted: 2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 24, Overall: 65, Team: Boston Red Sox
Contract: $110M / 8 Years (2014 - 2021)
RotoWire News: Pedroia went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double and two runs scored in Thursday's game against the Pirates. (3/23/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Following his struggles in 2014 and in 2015, some with health, some with the bat, it was fair to wonder whether Dustin Pedroia would ever be an elite hitter again. He still had defense as his calling card - even in 2014, when he slipped to a career-worst 98 wRC+, just below the league-adjusted average offensive productivity, he was still worth 4.1 WAR on the strength of his defense. But in both 2013 and '14, he failed to crack double digits in home runs, and in 2014 his doubles were down, and he failed to record a triple for the first time in any full major league season. His power evaporated, and his walk rate slipped - the .337 on-base percentage he posted in 2014 was easily a full-season worst. He turned things around somewhat in 2015, but he got hurt and only logged 93 games, an unfathomable total for the gritty-to-the-point-of-reckless Pedroia. But in 2016, everything clicked back into place. The 120 wRC+ and .376 OBP he posted were his best marks, respectively, since 2011. He was somewhat aided by a career-best .339 batting average on balls in play, but it wasn't that out of step with his career norms - in four other seasons, he's posted at least a .325 BABIP. The stolen bases will probably never come back — he's just 15-for-27 in stolen-base attempts the last three seasons — but he should definitely be near the top of your second-base pecking order come draft day.

The Quick Opinion: It was a renaissance year for Dustin Pedroia, who recaptured the glory of his 2008-2011 heyday. He probably won't be quite as good in 2017, but he should still easily be a top-10 second baseman, if not better.

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