Dustin Luis Pedroia (born August 17, 1983) is an American baseball second baseman with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Pedroia was drafted by the Red Sox in 2004, making his major league debut in 2006 before becoming a full-time player in the 2007 season, and winning the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year award. He is a four-time All-Star and an AL MVP award winner, and has contributed to two World Series championships. Pedroia remains under contract with the Red Sox until 2021.
An above-average contact hitter with a very low strikeout rate and "a surprising amount of power" for his size, Pedroia has a career batting average of .299, a 9.2 percent strikeout rate and .145 isolated power. He has won four Gold Gloves, and his defense at second base has been rated significantly above-average. Pedroia has achieved Major League success despite a relative lack of height − his height is reported to be 5 ft 7 in or 5 ft 8 in (170–173 cm).
By Dean Hanley
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