Corey Dickerson
Corey Dickerson
29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Pittsburgh Pirates
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Dickerson adopted a contrarian approach, putting more balls in play, knowingly at the expense of power. After analyzing video, Dickerson began choking up while adjusting his stance based on the type of pitcher, allowing him to catch up to fastballs at a highly increased clip. The result was indeed a sharp decline in whiffs with a steep drop in HR/FB. Curiously, the rest of Dickerson’s underlying metrics were like the previous season, including hard-hit rate, exit velocity and launch angle. In fact, his launch angle ticked up a degree, running anti to hitting fewer homers. While Dickerson stated he was pleased with his new swing, his 2018 wOBA and wRC+ were identical to 2017. That said, it’s possible the next step is for Dickerson to add pop with the altered stroke. After winning the Gold Glove, there’s less of a chance he falls back into a platoon, making Dickerson an intriguing play with a new batting average floor plus power upside at an affordable price. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Pirates in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Starting in left field Friday
OFPittsburgh Pirates
March 15, 2019
Dickerson (ankle) is starting in left field and batting third in Friday's exhibition game against the Rays, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Dickerson returned to the lineup Thursday as the designated hitter -- and launched a two-run home run -- but Friday he'll see his first action in the outfield since suffering an ankle injury last week. The 29-year-old's return to the field should alleviate any concerns about his availability for Opening Day.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .729 409 37 6 29 0 .284 .318 .411
Since 2016vs Right .815 1299 169 58 158 12 .273 .316 .500
2018vs Left .735 131 11 1 5 0 .293 .328 .407
2018vs Right .827 402 54 12 50 8 .302 .331 .496
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 .756 805 91 25 74 4 .259 .308 .448
Since 2016Away .828 903 115 39 113 8 .291 .323 .505
2018Home .814 249 30 4 20 3 .298 .333 .481
2018Away .796 284 35 9 35 5 .301 .327 .468
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
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.
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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Goes deep in return
OFPittsburgh Pirates
March 14, 2019
Dickerson (ankle) went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk Thursday against the Phillies.
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Added to lineup
OFPittsburgh Pirates
March 14, 2019
Dickerson (ankle) will serve as the Pirates' designated hitter and bat third in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, Adam Berry of reports.
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Still not ready for action
OFPittsburgh Pirates
March 14, 2019
Dickerson (ankle) is not in the lineup for Thursday's spring game against the Phillies, according to John Perrotto of
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Remains out Tuesday
OFPittsburgh Pirates
March 12, 2019
Dickerson (ankle) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's spring game against the Twins, according to Adam Berry of
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Remains out with ankle
OFPittsburgh Pirates
March 11, 2019
Dickerson (ankle) is out of Monday's lineup against the Braves.
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