Apr 23, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson (6) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. The Rockies won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Corey Dickerson is yet another lefty-hitting Colorado outfielder. Though he’s played a smattering of games in center, he’s mostly been a left fielder. Dickerson does not turn 27 until May 22, and is not arbitration-eligible until 2017. That means Dickerson would be a VERY budget friendly solution.
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However, Dickerson is more of a part-time platoon player than a full-time corner outfielder. In short, Corey Dickerson can’t hit left-handed pitching with a .246/.299/.377 triple slash against southpaws for his career. Though Dickerson is an effective hitter against right handers, hitting .313/.358/.577.
The platoon limitation is compounded by his extreme home and away split. Dickerson slashed .355/.410/.675 in Colorado and a mere .249/.286/.410 on the road.
Consequently, you have to take his .312/.364/.567 season in 2014 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI’s with a grain of salt. He only played 65 games in 2015 with another good-looking .304/.333/.536 slash line with 10 homers. Despite those deceptively good slash lines, he’s really only a part-time player on a team with championship aspirations.
If Corey Dickerson were to come to Kansas City, you’d need to platoon him with a right-handed bat like Paulo Orlando because his defensive limitations pretty much make him useless against a left-handed pitcher. Dickerson carries a -5.9 UZR for his career as an outfielder. He’s also not much of a base-stealing threat. The only time Dickerson managed doubled digit steals was in 2010 with 12 in rookie ball.
Dickerson wouldn’t be a clear cut starter in Kansas City. He’d just be a veteran bat to add to the outfield mix. Again, I would find Corey Dickerson an acceptable solution only if the KC Royals managed to add a significant piece to the rotation which soaked up their available payroll.
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