Alex Dickerson: A Must-See Prospect

Posted: February 20, 2011 by Josh Tannenbaum in Uncategorized

At Indiana University, baseball and almost every other sport flies relatively under the radar as it has been and always will be a basketball school. But there is a player in Bloomington that people need to start recognizing, if they haven’t already. Outfielder Alex Dickerson is quickly becoming one of the best baseball players in the country. After hitting .370 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI as a freshman in 2009, Dickerson exploded last year in his sophomore campaign, hitting .419 with 24 jacks and 75 RBI, winning the conference triple crown. He became the first player in Big Ten history to win conference Freshman of the Year and follow it up with Player of the Year one season after.

College Baseball Daily ranks Dickerson 10th on their list of the top 100 players in the country. His defense has been a cause of concern for teams at the next level, but his pull-heavy, pure power swing will certainly take him a long way. He stepped in and batted cleanup in a stacked IU lineup that included Eric Arnett, Josh Phegley, and Matt Bashmore, all of whom were drafted in either the first or supplemental first round of the 2009 MLB draft.

Dickerson is believed to be drafted in the first 3 rounds, but with the numbers he’s been able to put up, it would be shocking if a team doesn’t take a chance on him in the first. The concerns over his defense and his relative weakness on the outside third of the plate are issues that can be addressed in the minor leagues, but a talent like Dickerson should not be passed on.

While the hype of going to the next level is taking over, Alex Dickerson still has another year at IU. So for all those who have not been paying attention to this kid, let’s see what he’s got in store in 2011. If it’s anything like what he did last year, we’re all in for a treat.

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