posted 8/10/12 12:18 PM PST
by Marc Hefferan
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Under the Radar Minor League NL Hitting Performance of the Week
Corey Dickerson, OF - Double-A Tulsa (COL)
season stats: .312 BA, 19 HR, 71 RBI, 38 2B, 6 3B, 39 BB, 75 K, 12 SB in 109 games (AA/HiA)
August 1-August 7: 10-for-24, 3 HR, 3 2B, 9 RBI
With only a few weeks left in the minor league season, I decided to take a look back and review my previous ‘Hitters of the Week’ and see how my prospect map is starting to take shape heading into the off-season. In conjunction with where NL organizations may find themselves ranked within the 2013 prospect class, it’s evident that the Colorado Rockies are my clear-cut favorite to move up the organizational prospect rankings. Situated within the depth of top prospects, like 2012 first rounder David Dahl, shortstop Trevor Story and third baseman Nolan Arenado, we find Lo-A Asheville’s Taylor Featherston and Sam Mende along with Hi-A Modesto’s Rafael Ortega. These three former UTR honorees have given the Rockies a healthy boost at the plate, yet find themselves needing to make room for another young hitter making a name for himself: outfielder Corey Dickerson. After batting .206 in June and suffering a broken nose during a July 23rd at-bat vs. Arkansas, the 23 year old has entered August with a vengeance. His week was highlighted by four multi-hit games, including two doubles during a 3-for-5 night on August 3rd. The following night, he collected three more hits, including two home runs - one against rehabbing Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia and the other a 12th inning walk-off grand slam.
The McComb, MS native was drafted as a freshman out of Meridian Community College (MS) in the 29th round in 2009, but decided to stay in school and follow in the footsteps of fellow MCC alumni Cliff Lee (PHI) and Ty Moore (WAS). The Rockies liked his solid defense and power potential and drafted him again in the 8th round in 2010, luring him away from a full Mississippi State University scholarship. He was assigned to Rookie League Casper and batted .348 in his debut while leading the league in total bases (175) and RBI’s (61). He earned a promotion to Lo-A Asheville in 2011, where the organization wanted the lefty to work on leveling out his swing path. He saw a dip in batting average (.282), but welcomed it at the expense of a Sally League leading 32 home runs and 87 RBI’s. After starting 2012 with Hi-A Modesto, Dickerson has seen a promotion to Double-A Tulsa and has already shrugged off doubts of whether he can hit outside of the hitter friendly Cal League. Dickerson’s power bat and above-average defense put him in prime position to move up the ladder and become one of the Rockies' top-ranked prospects heading into 2013.
3B Adam Duvall, Hi-A San Jose (SF): .260 BA, 26 HR, 84 RBI, 20 2B, 39 BB, 97 K, 5 SB in 112 games; 12-for-33, 5 HR, 17 RBI in last week.
1B Adam Giacalone, Rookie Level Helena (MIL): .364 BA, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 13 2B, 20 BB, 45 K43 games; 16-for-27, HR, 4 2B, 5 RBI in last week.
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