MLB Draft Prospect: Alex Dickerson – OF – Indiana – Scouting Report


2011 MLB Draft Prospect: Alex Dickerson – OF – Indiana. Bats: L Throws: L. 6’3″ 225. DOB: 5.26.90

SCOUTED

Indiana @ Ohio State – April 9, 2010 (in person)


A prep star in California, Dickerson has been hitting since arriving in Bloomington in 2009. A freshman on a deep Indiana team that included 2009 first rounder Eric Arnett (MIL) and supplemental first rounders Josh Phegley (CHW) and Matt Bashore (MIN), it was clear that Dickerson was the most feared Hoosiers hitter by season’s end earning an All Big 10 Tournament Team selection while leading Indiana to the NCAA tournament. Dickerson earned Conference Freshman of the Year honors and was named Second Team All Conference as a DH.

As a sophomore in 2010, Dickerson was a Baseball America 3rd Team All American and won the conference triple crown (.419 AVE – 24HR – 75RBI). In the summer he played in the Cape Cod League where he put up a .500/.553/.706 line in a 9 game stay.

STATISTICS

YEAR

CLASS

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

AVE

OBP

SLG

2009

FR

58

238

45

88

15

1

14

57

18

47

2

.370

.428

.618

2010

SO

58

236

62

99

19

0

24

75

20

35

3

.419

.479

.805

2011

JR


It’s important to note that watching one game doesn’t provide nearly enough information to produce a true scouting report. That’s not going to stop me from giving you my report anyway.

HITTING: Dickerson has a powerful pull heavy swing and according this article by collegeplits.com, the results match the swing. In the game I saw, he was susceptible to off-speed pitches away. It was not clear to me if the problem was pitch recognition or that he was trying to pull these pitches or both but you can view the video above and judge for yourself. It should be noted that the at bats that I scouted were against 2010 Minnesota Twins 1st Round pick Alex Wimmers and his curve ball and changeup both rate well above average especially when compared to other amateurs that Dickerson faces. On a positive note, while Dickerson kills right handed pitching, he still hits well against lefties. I give his hitting a plus rating.

POWER: The .805 slugging percentage Dickerson posted as a sophomore is proof positive of his prestigious power at the plate. It’s pretty rare that anyone hit 38 HR in his first two years of college, much less to do so in the frigid Big Ten Midwestern weather therefore I give his power a plus plus rating.

SPEED: Dickerson has below average speed.

ARM: Dickerson has average arm strength in my small viewing sample size.

DEFENSE: His defense is passable in LF for the time being. I have not seen him at 1B but he has played there in the past. His ultimate best position as a professional will be DH.

FUTURE: Dickerson could go as early as the middle of the 1st but it’s conceivable that he gets exposed under increased scrutiny and slides to the 3rd round. However, there are so few college players in this or any draft with as much raw power as Dickerson that I have a hard time believing he makes it out of the supplemental round. As a professional he’ll need to improve his K:BB ratio in order to be successful.



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