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Alex Dickerson

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Alex Dickerson
Richmond Flying Squirrels vs. Altoona Curve (8679598844) (cropped).jpg
Dickerson with the Altoona Curve in 2013
Free agent
Left fielder
Born: (1990-05-26) May 26, 1990 (age 31)
Poway, California
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 6, 2015, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Batting average.260
Home runs39
Runs batted in130
Teams

Alexander Ross Dickerson (born May 26, 1990), nicknamed "Grandpa",[1] is an American professional baseball left fielder who is a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants.

In college at Indiana University he was a unanimous selection as the 2010 Big Ten Conference Baseball Player of the Year. Dickerson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. He was the 2012 Florida State League Player of the Year, 2013 Eastern League Rookie of the Year, and 2015 Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year. He made his MLB debut with the San Diego Padres in 2015. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018.

Amateur career

Dickerson attended Poway High School in Poway, California, and played on the baseball team as a first baseman and outfielder. He batted .354/.420/.686 as a junior, .455/.522/.851 as a senior, and was named All-San Diego Division I Player of the Year.[2]

The Washington Nationals selected Dickerson in the 48th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. He elected, however, to attend Indiana University, where he played outfield and designated hitter for the Indiana Hoosiers baseball team from 2009–2011.[3][4] As a freshman, batting cleanup Dickerson hit .370/.428/.618 with 14 home runs. He was named the Big Ten Conference's Freshman of the Year and received Freshman All-American honors.[4][5][6]

Dickerson had a breakout season as a sophomore, slugging .805 (8th in the nation) and winning the Big Ten Triple Crown by leading the Big Ten in batting average (.419), home runs (24; second in the nation), and runs batted in (75).[3][4][7] He was named the Big Ten Conference Baseball Player of the Year, and earned first-team All-American honors.[4][7] In his junior season he batted .367/.440/.540.[8]

In 2009 and 2010, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[9][10]

Professional career

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Dickerson in the third round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. After signing for a signing bonus of $380,700,[citation needed] Dickerson spent most of the rest of the 2011 season with the State College Spikes, batting .313/.393/.493 with an .886 OPS (9th in the New York-Pennsylvania League) in 150 at bats; his 16 doubles were second among all short-season batters.[11][3][12] Dickerson spent the 2012 season with the Bradenton Marauders, where he batted .295/.353/.451 with 31 doubles (4th in the league), 13 home runs (7th), and 90 RBIs (2nd) in 488 at bats and was named the Florida State League Player of the Year, a post-season All Star, and an MiLB organization All Star.[13][14][15]

Prior to the 2013 season, Dickerson was named the 7th-best first base prospect in baseball by MLB.com.[16] He spent 2013 with the Double-A Altoona Curve, where he moved from first base to the outfield. He batted .288/.337/.494 with 36 doubles (2nd in the league), 17 home runs, and 68 RBIs in 451 at bats and was named the Eastern League Rookie of the Year, a post-season All Star, and an MiLB organization All Star.[17]

San Diego Padres (2013–19)

On November 25, 2013, the Pirates traded Dickerson to the San Diego Padres for Jaff Decker and Miles Mikolas.[18] Dickerson sprained his left ankle in 2014 spring training with the Padres when he stepped on a sprinkler head, and an MRI later found a bone cyst in his left heel which required surgery and a bone graft.[19][20] The surgery delayed his start to the 2014 season, but he finished with 34 games with the Double-A San Antonio Missions, batting .321/.367/.496 in 137 at bats.[21] 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 (10th in the league)/.374/.503 with 82 runs (3rd), 36 doubles (6th), 9 triples (2nd), 12 home runs, and 71 RBIs in 459 at bats over 125 games, including 88 starts in left field.[3][22] His performance earned him the Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year Award, and he was named a post-season All Star and an MiLB organization All Star.[14][23]

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.[24] 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.[25] A tweaked hip flexor limited his playing opportunities,[20][26] but Dickerson appeared in eight more games as a pinch hitter, and once as a defensive substitute in left field.

Dickerson started the 2016 season in Triple-A El Paso. On May 2, the Padres recalled Dickerson from Triple-A.[27] On May 10 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Dickerson hit a pinch-hit grand slam off of Adam Warren for his first career home run and his first four career RBIs.[28] He made his first Major League start in left field the following day, but was returned to El Paso on May 14.[29] With the Chihuahuas, he continued a 28-game minor league hitting streak through the end of May.[30] On June 28, Dickerson was recalled from El Paso when Jon Jay broke his forearm.[31] Dickerson remained as the regular left fielder for the Padres for the remainder of the season. For the season, with El Paso he batted .382/.425/.622 with 10 home runs and 51 RBIs in 217 at bats.[21] He finished the season with the Padres with a .257/.333/.455 batting line and 39 runs, 10 home runs, and 37 RBIs in 285 plate appearances. He made 65 starts in left field.

In spring training of 2017, Dickerson suffered a bulging disk. After initially trying to rehab the injury, Dickerson underwent back surgery by microdiscectomy to remove bulging disc material in his lower back which ended his season.[32]

In spring training of 2018, while trying to come back from his back surgery, Dickerson tore his UCL in his elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery, costing him another full season.[33] 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.[34]

Playing for AAA El Paso in 2019, he hit .372/.469/.606 with 5 home runs and 20 RBIs in 94 at bats. Dickerson had his contract selected to the major leagues on May 3, 2019, but after 19 at bats with the Padres was designated for assignment on June 5.[21]

San Francisco Giants (2019–2021)

On June 10, 2019, Dickerson was traded to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Franklin Van Gurp, one of the first trades with new Giants general manager Farhan Zaidi. He played seven games for AAA Sacramento.[21] On June 21, in his first game with the Giants, he hit a grand slam and had a career-high 6 runs batted in.[35] With the Giants in 2019, he batted .290/.351/.529 with 28 runs, 6 home runs, and 26 RBIs in 155 at bats.[21]

On September 1, 2020, Dickerson tied the franchise record for runs scored in a game with 5. In 2020 he batted .298/.371/.576 with 28 runs, 10 home runs, and 27 RBIs in 151 at bats. He played 41 games in left field, and 5 games in right field.[36]

Avoiding arbitration, Dickerson and the Giants agreed on a $2.1 million salary for the 2021 season.[37] During the season, he was on the injured list three times, with right shoulder, upper back, and right hamstring issues.Giants Place Alex Dickerson On Release Waivers In the 2021 regular season, he batted .233/.304/.420 with a career-high 13 home runs and 38 RBIs in 283 at bats.[36] He played 82 games in left field, and his range factor per 9 innings of 1.78 was the fifth-best in the National League.[36]

On November 22, 2021, Dickerson was designated for assignment by the Giants to make room for pitcher Anthony DeSclafani.[38] On November 26, 2021, he was placed on unconditional release waivers.[39]

Personal

Dickerson and his wife Jennifer welcomed a son, in September 2020.[40] They reside in San Diego.[41]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Alex Dickerson High School Baseball Stats Poway (Poway, CA)". MaxPreps. August 6, 2019. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Alex Dickerson Stats, Fantasy & News". MLB.com. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Alex Dickerson". IUHoosiers.com. Archived from the original on February 24, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Dickerson, Monar Lauded by Coaches". IUHoosiers.com. February 8, 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Foley, Brian. "Top 100 Countdown: 10. Alex Dickerson (Indiana)". College Baseball Daily. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
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  9. ^ "#19 Alex Dickerson". pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
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  13. ^ "Alex Dickerson named Florida State League Player of the Year". mlb.com. August 27, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  14. ^ a b "Alex Dickerson Stats, Highlights, Bio | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
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  17. ^ "2013 Eastern League Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. January 1, 1970. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  18. ^ "San Diego Padres acquire minor league first baseman/outfielder Alex Dickerson from Pirates for Mikolas, Decker". MLB.com.
  19. ^ Brock, Corey (April 4, 2014). "Dickerson undergoes surgery for cyst on heel". MLB.com. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Injuries behind him, Dickerson hopes for new baseball life". Pomerado News. November 20, 2018.
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  28. ^ Lin, Dennis (May 10, 2016). "Dickerson hits first career HR, Cubs beat Padres 8–7". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  29. ^ "Padres recall Leonel Campos, option Alex Dickerson". ESPN.com. May 14, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  30. ^ Cavadi, Wayne (May 29, 2016). "Alex Dickerson is red-hot for El Paso". SB Nation. MinorLeagueBall.com. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  31. ^ Cassavell, AJ (June 28, 2016). "Jay's forearm broken; OF placed on DL". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
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  37. ^ Staff (December 2, 2020). "San Francisco Giants avoid arbitration, agree to one-year deal with outfielder Alex Dickerson". Retrieved August 19, 2021.
  38. ^ "Zaidi 'grateful' for what Dickerson gave Giants in three seasons". RSN.
  39. ^ Adams, Steve (November 26, 2021). "Giants place Alex Dickerson on release waivers". YardBarker. Retrieved November 28, 2021.
  40. ^ "SF Giants' Alex Dickerson Welcomes First Child Named Levi".
  41. ^ Schulman, Henry (September 14, 2020). "Giants' Alex Dickerson reveals stress of false-positive virus test for him, pregnant wife". San Francisco Chronicle.

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