Dickerson with the Altoona Curve in 2013
|San Diego Padres|
|Born: May 26, 1990|
|August 6, 2015, for the San Diego Padres|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||37|
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.
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.
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). He was named the Big Ten Conference Baseball Player of the Year and earned first-team All-American honors.
After signing, Dickerson spent most of the rest of the 2011 season with the State College Spikes. Dickerson spent the 2012 season with the Bradenton Marauders, where he was named the Florida State League Player of the Year.
San Diego Padres
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. 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.
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. 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. A tweaked hip limited his playing opportunities, but Dickerson appeared in eight more games as a pinch hitter, and once as a defensive substitute in left field.
On May 2, 2016, the Padres recalled Dickerson from Triple-A. 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.
Dickerson missed the entire 2017 season due to injury.
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.
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