Colorado Rockies 2015 Crystal Ball: Corey Dickerson

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Apr 6, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson (6) reacts after hitting a 2-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse (back) in the first inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

As the season gets underway, RoxPile.com is making some fun (but completely unqualified!) predictions about how members of the Colorado Rockies will fare this summer. In this edition: Corey Dickerson.

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Corey Dickerson had a career year for the Colorado Rockies in 2014.

He slashed .312/.364/.567 and falling just short in plate appearances (478 out of the 502 required) and average to contest for the batting title.

Not surprisingly, 2014 was his breakout season, and it’ll be interesting to see if he can put together a comparable year in 2015 with (hopefully) a healthy Tulo and CarGo in the lineup, too, wreaking havoc on pitchers.

What The Numbers Say

FanGraphs lists various projection systems, which you can learn more about here.

In what probably shouldn’t be a surprise, projection systems like Dickerson to regress in 2015, considering how much better his summer was last year relative to his first go-round in the big leagues in 2013.

Projections believe he’ll hit anywhere from .285 to .295 across 550 to 630 plate appearances (which, in and of itself, is noteworthy: projections believe he’ll anchor an everyday starting job in the outfield), and flirt with career highs in home runs, RBIs, triples, and many other offensive categories.

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  • Best-Case Scenario

    In a best-case scenario, Dickerson wins the National League batting title, and I don’t think that’s too far from reality. The man can flat hit, and while his defense isn’t CarGo or Jason Heyward, if you can hide him in left field and just get him to keep coming up to the plate, well, that’s pretty damn good.

    Worst-Case Scenario

    In a worst-case scenario, which is probably equally as likely as the batting title, is a major regression from his breakout season. Remember, Dickerson only slashed .263/.316/.459 in 2013 across 213 plate appearances; will we see more of that, or more 2014, this summer? You could probably make a case for either one (though, again, I really think this guy can hit).

    Crystal Ball

    I think it’d be foolish not to be all over Dickerson as a potential batting champion in 2015 – or soon thereafter. He doesn’t get cheated on his swings, and his power and approach at the plate lend themselves really well to Coors Field.

    Plus, if Tulo and CarGo stay in the lineup all season, you’re looking at a much higher likelihood Dickerson gets more pitches to hit, since he’s clearly lower in the pecking order than those two superstars.

    I’ll make the call now: I think Corey Dickerson will hit 30 home runs this summer and hit over .300 again as the everyday left fielder for the Rockies.

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