Corey Dickerson
Corey Dickerson
29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Pittsburgh Pirates
2018 Fantasy Outlook
On the surface, it appears Dickerson figured out how to hit lefties, as he sported a higher OPS in 2017 when batting without the platoon advantage. However, it takes about 1,000 plate appearances for a lefty swinger against southpaws before he owns the split. Including last season, Dickerson isn't even halfway to that threshold, so assuming he continues to hit left-handers is risky. That said, Dickerson's gains were in average as he hit just three of his 27 homers with a lefty on the hill. Dickerson remains what he was heading into last season -- a power bat with batting average dependent on BABIP (mid-70s contact rate). His success against lefties will likely afford him a chance to play close to every day with Pittsburgh following a February trade, but he could platoon if those gains don't hold. Despite hitting high in the order, Dickerson's run production is likely to fall short of other similar hitters, as the Pirates' offense does not project to be especially prolific with Andrew McCutchen gone. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5.95 million contract with the Rays in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration. Traded to the Pirates in February of 2018.
Sits against southpaw
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 23, 2018
Dickerson is not in the lineup against lefty Wade Miley and the Brewers on Sunday.
Dickerson hasn't started against a southpaw since mid-August. Jordan Luplow will slide over to left field Sunday, with Pablo Reyes starting in right.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .715 395 35 5 28 0 .281 .314 .401
Since 2016vs Right .815 1287 168 58 157 12 .272 .315 .500
2018vs Left .689 117 9 0 4 0 .282 .316 .373
2018vs Right .826 390 53 12 49 8 .300 .328 .497
2017vs Left .820 165 20 3 13 0 .308 .339 .481
2017vs Right .813 463 64 24 49 4 .273 .320 .493
2016vs Left .589 113 6 2 11 0 .241 .274 .315
2016vs Right .807 434 51 22 59 0 .246 .297 .510
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Since 2016Home .755 801 90 25 74 4 .257 .307 .447
Since 2016Away .824 881 113 38 111 8 .289 .321 .502
2018Home .811 245 29 4 20 3 .294 .331 .481
2018Away .778 262 33 8 33 5 .297 .321 .458
2017Home .799 296 41 14 32 1 .265 .318 .482
2017Away .828 332 43 13 30 3 .297 .331 .497
2016Home .650 260 20 7 22 0 .213 .273 .377
2016Away .860 287 37 17 48 0 .273 .310 .550
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Dickerson proved he wasn't just a Coors Field mirage in his first season in Tampa, as he equaled his career high with 24 homers while reaching the 70-RBI mark for the second time in his career. His walk rate also saw a slight boost to 6.0 percent, while his contact rate essentially held steady. The 27-year-old provided plenty of optimism for 2017 by finishing the season on a high note, slashing .291/.328/.527 with six homers and 18 RBI over his last 110 at-bats. Dickerson was a prolific source of extra-base hits, tallying a whopping 63 overall, including 36 doubles. Having had a full season to acclimate to American League pitching and his new home digs, Dickerson could be primed for another step up fantasy-wise in 2017.
Plantar fasciitis and rib fractures limited Dickerson to just 65 games in 2015, his first season as an Opening Day starter in Colorado. He enjoyed a good deal of success when healthy, slashing .304/.333/.536 in 234 plate appearances and managing 10 home runs in the truncated campaign. Dickerson already has 39 home runs in 925 career plate appearances, shy of two full season's worth of at-bats. His fantasy outlook for 2016 took a hit with the late-January trade to Tampa Bay, as he now faces a likelihood of being platooned in addition to the downgrade in home park. That said, the park factor downgrade may be a bit overblown, as the Trop hasn't been a wasteland for left-handed power, and the AL East as a whole is generally favorable for left-handed power hitters. Dickerson does enough with the ball when he hits it that his 21.4% career strikeout rate has been a non-issue, and he can easily reach 20-plus home runs if healthy for a full season no matter where he plays. Don't expect to see Dickerson run much, though, as he wasn't overly aggressive on the basepaths even before the foot injury last season.
Though he opened the season in a reserve role, Dickerson might have been the Rockies’ offensive MVP by the end of it. When injuries to Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez opened up playing time, Dickerson took full advantage, smacking a team-leading 24 homers, adding a dash of steals, and batting .312, a mark that would have placed him fourth in the NL had he logged 24 more plate appearances to qualify. Likely locked into a starting role for 2015, Dickerson won’t fly under the radar this season, but he isn’t necessarily a safe bet to fully replicate his production, either. Dickerson saw a 363-point drop in OPS on the road last season and was mediocre against lefty pitching, posting a .308 OBP while striking out in more than a quarter of his 98 plate appearances. The latter deficiency puts him at risk of slipping back into a platoon role with Drew Stubbs, potentially hurting his counting totals. Dickerson will carry the most utility in formats with daily lineup moves, where he can be better optimized when the park and pitcher handedness favor him.
Dickerson had always been regarded as a quality prospect in the Rockies’ system during his previous seasons in the minors, but it wasn’t until he compiled an otherworldly .371/.414/.632 line at Triple-A Colorado Springs that legitimate hope sprouted that he could be an everyday big leaguer. He got his first crack at meaningful duty with the Rockies in the second half, maintaining the 7.5% walk rate he showed at Triple-A while batting .263 and showcasing encouraging gap power. What was somewhat concerning for Dickerson was his vast difference in home/road splits, as he slashed just .231/.268/.308 away from Coors Field. That issue is certainly not unique to Dickerson, but it’s something that might be significant enough for Charlie Blackmon to win the starting left field job, limiting Dickerson to fourth-outfielder status.
For what Dickerson might have sacrificed in the power department in moving away from a cushy home ballpark at Low-A Asheville, he more than made up for it as an all-around offensive threat, batting a collective .304 and trimming his strikeout rate between stops at High-A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa. Dickerson picked up right where he left off in the regular season with a scintillating Arizona Fall League, and seems well positioned to see significant time at Triple-A Colorado Springs heading into this season. The Rockies' crowded outfield mix will probably prevent him from seeing any time in the big leagues until September, but another excellent season in the minors will surely put him on the team's radar for 2014.
While it's easy to fixate on Dickerson hitting 32 homers last season, we should also not look past the huge home/road split he had at Low-A Asheville last season. Dickerson hit 26 of his 32 homers at home, and had a OPS .620 points higher there (1.262 vs. .642). Let's see how the Rockies' eighth round pick in the 2010 draft fares at higher levels and in more neutral parks before we get too excited about his potential.
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Late-season resurgence continues
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September 22, 2018
DIckerson went 2-for-4 with a triple and two-run homer Friday against Milwaukee.
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On bench vs. lefty
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September 18, 2018
Dickerson is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.
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Doubles twice in victory
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September 16, 2018
Dickerson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and one RBI in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Brewers.
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Not in Friday's lineup
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September 14, 2018
Dickerson is out of the lineup against the Brewers on Friday.
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On bench Wednesday
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September 12, 2018
Dickerson is out of the lineup against the Cardinals on Wednesday, Adam Berry of reports.
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