To say that Corey Dickerson is a rising star is quite unoriginal at this point.
Entering the season, the young outfielder was the subject of some buzz among baseball writers outside of Colorado. He has long been a hero of the blogs. Among fantasy baseball general managers his name has been known for a while now. People have talked about Dickerson and his bat for a while now.
What has changed in 2014 is how Dickerson is discussed. Before it was mostly people asking questions and then salivating at the possibilities of what Dickerson could do with more at-bats. Now it has shifted to observations in awe of how good he already is now that he has regular at-bats.
In 370 plate appearances this season, Dickerson is batting .320/.373/.582 with 19 home runs and 61 RBI. He is an absolute joy to watch when he is up to bat, showing freaky hand-eye coordination and the ability to hit the ball to all fields.
Dickerson elevated things to the next level this past Saturday, blasting a tying home run in the 9th inning and then delivering the walk-off single in the 13th inning of a Rockies’ victory over the Marlins. It is the home run that is getting the most attention, and rightfully so:
With this moment of glory now on his resume for the season, Dickerson has made one thing very clear: the Rockies need to quit blocking this young man from getting everyday at-bats.
I don’t care how great Drew Stubbs looks, how much everybody loves Charlie Blackmon (myself very much included), how much the front office wants to re-sign Michael Cuddyer, or how much they inexplicably love Brandon Barnes.
Dickerson’s bat must be in the lineup. It truly is that simple. The 25-year-old lefty has another month and change to make his case as such, and here’s betting he does just that.