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Triple-A Outfielder of the Week: Padres Alex Dickerson


In a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in November of 2013, the San Diego Padres landed the 2012 Eastern League Rookie of the Year, Alex Dickerson.

Dickerson was drafted by the Pirates in the 2011 June Amateur draft out of the University of Indiana where he hit .367, with 33 runs scored, 10 doubles, nine home runs, 49 RBIs during his senior year at college.

During Dickerson’s first pro season, he played in 41 games with Class A Short Season State College Spikes, and batted .313, with three home runs and 19 RBI’s.

In 2012 in the Florida State League, the outfield prospect batted .295, belted 13 home runs and drove in 90 RBI’s in 129 games. That big season propelled the Pirates to promote him to their Double-A affiliate the Altoona Curve where he hit .288, with 36 doubles, 17 home runs, and 68 RBI’s in 126 games, while earning the league’s player of the year award.

During that winter the Pirates traded away their prized possession to San Diego and in 2014 he spent the majority of his season with Double-A San Antonio Missions and batted .321, with three home runs and 24 RBI’s while playing in just 34 games after having a cyst removed from his left ankle that kept him out until July.

Last season he started with Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas and batted .307, with 36 doubles, 12 home runs, and 71 RBI’s in 125 games. On August 6th, he was called up and made his major league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers. He recorded his first major league base hit the next day against the Philadelphia Phillies when he singled in one at bat.

After getting sent back to the minors, he returned during September call-ups and appeared in nine games finishing the year with the big club batting .250 (2 for 8).

This season he finished April on a tear in Triple-A batting .364, with three home runs and 13 RBI’s, with a 12-game hitting streak and received a promotion to the majors from May 3-12 and batted .200 (2 for 10), hitting a grand slam for his first major league home run.

He was sent back to the Chihuahuas and continued his hot hitting as he is currently enjoying a 28-game hitting streak.

For the month of May in Triple-A he is batting .467 (28 for 60), with five home runs and 21 RBI’s.

Over the past week spanning May 23-29, Dickerson is batting .416 (10 for 24), with nine runs scored, three doubles, two home runs, and seven RBI’s.

The Padres #22 top prospect is ready for the prime time, and his current torrid streak may have him back in the majors faster than expected.

The Padres are in last place at 20-32, so promoting Dickerson now would allow him to find his place on the roster and allow his star to shine.  No point in holding him back any longer, the future All Star Major League outfielder is ready for the next challenge.

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