April 22, 2013
Cold weather knocked out Monday’s Sky Sox game, meaning a rare day went by without Corey Dickerson picking up a hit.
Nothing else has seemed to stop him.
Dickerson has hit safely in 15 consecutive games, a record for any Sky Sox player to start a season and a team-record to start a career with the club.
Making his streak more remarkable is that three of those hits have come as a pinch hitter.
“I expected to start off decently, but I’m blessed to start off this well, for sure,” Dickerson said.
On a team loaded with players who have played in the major leagues, Dickerson is one of the few Sky Sox still making that initial climb through the organization. Last year he started with Modesto in High-A and earned a midseason promotion to Double-A Tulsa after hitting .338 through the first 60 games.
Now here he is, batting .400 through his first 15 games with a .673 slugging percentage – both marks rank second on the team to Nolan Arenado.
“He just has a natural swing that is conducive to hitting,” Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill said of Dickerson, an outfielder rated as the No. 13 prospect in the Rockies’ system according to “Baseball America.” “He’s got a really small load and a really simple approach. He can cover the entire plate, and sometimes that gets him in trouble. It’s hard to say that because he’s hitting over .400, but you can see when he goes out of the strike zone his swing quality goes down. Most players do.”
Dickerson has been caught in all four stolen base attempts, but 37 steals over his first 302 professional games certainly hints at adequate speed.
He’s also flashed power, hitting 32 home runs in 106 games at Low-A Ashville in 2011 and combining for 22 in his two stops last season. He has hit two home runs this year.
“He’s hit that many home runs in the past, so obviously he has power,” Hill said. “I think he has the ability to rise up to the level of competition. Once he settles in here, we should see some home runs out of his bat.”
It’s unknown what kind of player Dickerson, 23, may eventually become. One thing is certain – he’s tough. He broke his nose when he was hit by a pitch last year and returned within five days.
“I’m a guy who’s going to bring it every day and play as hard as possible,” he said. “I’m going to try to steal bags, run hard and hit. That’s the guy I want to be.”