Palo Alto High grad Tyger Pederson got his minor league baseball career started over the weekend in a big way with the AZL Dodgers of the Rookie Arizona League.
Pederson, who was sidelined in late spring due to a lacerated spleen suffered on Senior Day at Pacific when he dived head first into first base and landed on the bag, got his first hit in his first at-bat on Saturday against the Brewers before going 2-for-3 with an RBI on Sunday against the Indians' squad. On Monday, Pederson had a 2-for-4 day.
After his first three games, Pederson had five hits in eight at-bats with two runs scored and an RBI. He was hitting .625.
Pederson formerly played for the Menlo Park Legends and at University of the Pacific. He was picked in the 33rd round by the Dodgers in June's MLB Firs-Year Player Draft.
Coincidentally, Pederson's younger brother, Joc, another Paly grad who also is in the Dodgers' organization -- with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.
During the same three days, Joc produced three hits in 11 at-bats in games against Jacksonville. For the season, he's hitting .285 with 98 hits, 42 RBI, 15 homers and 28 stolen bases.
The last time the Pederson brothers played together was Tyger's senior year at Paly in 2008, when Joc was a sophomore.
Speaking of Paly, former Vikings' standout B.J. Boyd had three hits in 10 at-bats during the same span for the Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland A's affiliate) in the Class A Short Season New York-Penn League.
In 37 games, Boyd is batting .321 with 44 hits, 18 RBI and four home runs.