Rockies Year in Review: Corey Dickerson


Here at Rox Pile, we are starting a player review for each and every player that suited up in a Colorado Rockies uniform this season. This series will be going all the way up until Dec. 15 with player profiles posted every day.

Today, we are featuring Rockies left fielder McKenzie Corey Dickerson.

Corey Dickerson could wake up and hit on Christmas morning, underwater, with one hand, and any other improbable way you can think of. He’s just that good.

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Sadly, our Dickerson exposure was severely limited by foot and hand injuries. He dealt with Plantar Fasciitis for most of the season and two displaced ribs in mid-July. The Plantar Fasciitis – a painful injury that you can “play” through – began early in the season and became clearer as time went on. As early as May 3rd Dickerson began to miss games. At first, the Plantar Fasciitis  forced him to take a day off every few games but it got so bad that he was pulled from his last two starts before going on the DL May 19. He made a five game appearance in June before hitting the DL again for his foot on June 17.

Dickerson made another five-game cameo in July, tried to play through the fasciitis, and later broke two ribs on a defensive dive. Clearly health wasn’t the highlight of his season, but when he was on the field, he was an anchor in the Rockies lineup. Dickerson posted a .304./333/.536 slash line in 224 at-bats, an All-Star level over a full season.

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Even when he’s hurt, Dickerson put up great numbers, furthering the folklore surrounding his name. His best stretch of the season was September when he was presumably the healthiest while getting some rest every few games. This was Dickerson’s September call-up; he was proving (mostly to himself) that he could still produce the way we thought he would. His power output was higher in September and bodes well for 2016; expect Corey Dickerson to replace some, if not all, of the power void left in the lineup from the Tulo trade.

It’s hard to evaluate a player when a) he was playing hurt for most of the year and b) barely strung consecutive games together. He’s still only 26, smashes everything in sight, and is slowly improving his defense. He’s improved slightly in each of his three major league seasons and is bound to continue the trend; he was looking more comfortable in his routes to the ball in 2015 than he had over the last two seasons. The outlook is bright for this kid and he’s flying under the radar, but I expect to see him in the All-Star conversation come July 2016.

We saw only 65 games out of Corey. In those 65 games, though, he did everything we expect out of Dickmania; he hit. And he hit really well. Hopefully we’ll get his bat for all of 2016.

Overall Grade: A/Incomplete

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