Colorado Rockies Corey Dickerson – Trade Bait
With the Colorado Rockies only 5 games back in the NL West division and a week before the MLB trading deadline, the time is now for them to decide whether or not they want to get involved in this hotly contested division race. From all accounts and rumors, the Rockies are in serious evaluation mode and if they were going to jump into the playoff race, the area on their team that they would be looking to strengthen would be their pitching, both starting and bullpen. They kicked the tires on starting pitcher Matt Garza, who was recently traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers for prospects, and they have been in on other pitchers such as the Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana, Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris, and Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jesse Crain. All of these players would provide a positive, immediate impact to the Rockies’ chances of capturing the NL West. If the Rockies were to go after one of these players, a name that has been thrown around in trade talks that they would be willing to part with is outfielder and current Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies triple-A affiliate) Corey Dickerson.
Dickerson was an 8th round draft pick (260th overall) of the Rockies in the 2010 MLB Draft out of Meridian Community College in Mississippi. The Rockies liked him so much that it was actually their second time drafting Dickerson. Dickerson was a 29th round draft pick of the Rockies in the 2009 MLB Draft, but did not sign with them, electing to go back to school for another year. While with the Sky Sox this season, Dickerson is batting with a triple-slash line of .381/.424/.648, with 60 R’s, 21 2B’s, 11 HR’s, 50 RBI’s, and an 1.073 OPS. He is also showing a pretty decent hitter’s eye, as he has a 47/26 K/BB ratio in 337 AB’s; not drawing many walks but also not striking out. Dickerson did have a brief, 15 game, stint in the big leagues with the Rockies. While up with the Rockies, Dickerson hit with a triple-slash line of .212/.308/.333, with 5 R’s, 4 2B’s, 0 HR’s, 2 RBI’s, and an OPS of .641. He also didn’t carry over his good hitting eye, as he had a 12/5 K/BB ratio in 33 AB’s. With this small of sample size, I would chalk this up to just first-stint jitters.
I had the pleasure of getting to see Dickerson play while he was in Sacramento to play the Sacramento River Cats, triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Dickerson is a lefty who keeps his weight back, getting a good bend to his left leg. He keeps his hands high, slightly above his head and has a up-and-down waggle with his bat pre-swing before coming set. In his first at-bat, Dickerson wasted no time hacking, hitting a dribbler to the first baseman for an unassisted put out. In his second at-bat, Dickerson shows good patience at the plate, seeing pitches and working a deep count before finally taking a 2-2 pitch and hitting a routine grounder to first for a 3-1 put out. In his third at-bat, Dickerson was trying to take what the pitcher is giving him, as he tried to go the other way with a couple outside pitches, before ultimately ending the at-bat by swinging late at a bad pitch up around his eyes and weakly hitting it back to the pitcher for a 1-3 put out. In his last at-bat of the night, Dickerson continued to swing at bad pitches out of the zone, finally swinging at a ball in the dirt for a strike out, ending a rough night at the plate for him.
Overall Analysis: Dickerson numbers wise has proven he can hit, despite a poor showing in Tuesday’s game. He is ranked #15 on MLB.com’s top 20 organizational prospect list for the Rockies. He is still only 24 years old so he has time to develop. Him alone as the center piece of a trade probably wouldn’t be enough to net the Rockies any of the players above, but when paired with another prospect of his equal, or maybe as a sweetener in a proposal that features a younger, more promising prospect, that could be the building block of a proposal for the Rockies. Dickerson is close to being major league ready, which is what teams are looking for in trade proposals now, and can be a league average outfielder and playing immediately, especially for a rebuilding team.