Alex Dickerson

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Alex Dickerson
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Dickerson with the Altoona Curve in 2013
San Diego Padres
Left fielder
Born: (1990-05-26) May 26, 1990 (age 28)
Poway, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 6, 2015, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average.257
Home runs10
Runs batted in37
Teams

Alexander Ross "Alex" Dickerson (born May 26, 1990) is an American professional baseball left fielder in the San Diego Padres organization. He was raised in Poway, California, and played baseball in High School for the Poway Titans. He previously played in Major League Baseball for the Padres.

College career[edit]

Dickerson was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 48th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft but elected to attend Indiana University, where he played outfield and designated hitter for the Indiana Hoosiers baseball team from 2009–2011.[1]

As a freshman, Dickerson hit .370 with 14 home runs, earning Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American honors.[1][2]

Dickerson had a breakout season as a sophomore, slugging .805 and leading the Big Ten in batting average (.419), home runs (24), and runs batted in (75).[1][3] He was named the Big Ten Conference Baseball Player of the Year and earned first-team All-American honors.[1][3]

Professional career[edit]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Dickerson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.

After signing, Dickerson spent most of the rest of the 2011 season with the State College Spikes.[4] Dickerson spent the 2012 season with the Bradenton Marauders, where he was named the Florida State League Player of the Year.[5]

Prior to the 2013 season, Dickerson was named the 7th-best first base prospect in baseball by MLB.com[6] He spent 2013 with the Double-A Altoona Curve, where he moved from first base to the outfield.

San Diego Padres[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

On November 25, 2013, Dickerson was traded to the San Diego Padres for Jaff Decker and Miles Mikolas.

Dickerson severely sprained his ankle in 2014 Spring Training with the Padres, and a MRI later found a cyst on his heel which required surgery.[7] The surgery delayed his start to the 2014 season, but he finished with 34 games with the Double-A San Antonio Missions.

On November 20, 2014, the Padres added Dickerson to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.

Dickerson spent most of 2015 with the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, hitting .307 with 12 home runs over 125 games, including 88 starts in left field. His performance earned him the Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year Award.[8]

2015 season[edit]

On August 6, 2015, Dickerson made his Major League debut with the San Diego Padres with a pinch-hitting appearance in the 8th inning. He was called up to replace Will Venable, who went on paternity leave.[9] The next day, Dickerson collected his first Major League hit with a pinch single in extra innings.

Dickerson returned to the Padres when rosters expanded in September.[10] A tweaked hip limited his playing opportunities,[11] but Dickerson appeared in eight more games as a pinch hitter, and once as a defensive substitute in left field.

2016 season[edit]

On May 2, 2016, the Padres recalled Dickerson from Triple-A.[12] On May 10 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Dickerson hit a pinch-hit grand slam off of Justin Grimm for his first career home run and his first four career RBIs.[13]

2017 season[edit]

Dickerson missed the entire 2017 season due to injury.

2018 season[edit]

Dickerson while trying to come back from his previous injury tore his UCL and underwent Tommy John Surgery and will miss the entire 2018 season as well. He was outrighted off the roster after the season. He elected free agency on November 3, 2018, and later re-signed to a minor league deal on December 11.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Alex Dickerson". IUHoosiers.com. Archived from the original on February 24, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Dickerson, Monar Lauded by Coaches". IUHoosiers.com. February 8, 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Eaton, Scott (May 26, 2010). "Alex Dickerson Wins Big Ten Triple Crown – Big Ten Player of the Year". gateman.org. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "Alex Dickerson". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "Alex Dickerson named Florida State League Player of the Year". mlb.com. August 27, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  6. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (January 27, 2013). "Prospect Watch: Top 10 first basemen". mlb.com. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  7. ^ Brock, Corey (April 4, 2014). "Dickerson undergoes surgery for cyst on heel". MLB.com. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  8. ^ "Dickerson awarded PCL's Rookie of the Year". Triple-A Baseball, Pacific Coast League. MiLB.com. September 1, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  9. ^ "San Diego native Alex Dickerson ecstatic to make debut for hometown Padres". FoxSports.com. August 6, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  10. ^ Togerson, Derek (September 2, 2015). "Padres Expand the Big League Roster". NBCSanDiego.com. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  11. ^ Sanders, Jeff (September 9, 2015). "Dickerson running, available to pinch-hit". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  12. ^ Kenney, Kirk (May 2, 2016). "Padres recall Alex Dickerson". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  13. ^ Lin, Dennis (May 10, 2016). "Dickerson hits first career HR, Cubs beat Padres 8–7". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  14. ^ Byrne, Connor (December 13, 2018). "Minor MLB Transactions: 12/13/18". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 13, 2018.

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