5. Corey Dickerson (2013-2015, fWAR 3.7)
Raised in Brookhaven, Mississippi, Corey Dickerson excelled at three sports at Brookhaven Academy before deciding on baseball as his best path to success. Colorado got Dickerson as a steal in the eighth-round of the 2010 draft. Dickerson would make his MLB debut only three years later. Had he played more than three seasons with the club, Dickerson would certainly be higher on our list.
In only 265 games with Colorado, Corey finished his Rockies career with a .299 average while launching 39 home runs. Corey’s only 27 so saying ‘finished’ his Rockies career might be jumping the gun a bit. Plenty of guys end up having two or more tenures with the team (Vinny Castilla played for Colorado on three different occasions).
In essentially what amounted to only two seasons of service time, no one knows what could have been. But, with a crowded outfield at the time, emerging outfield prospects and a perpetually horrendous pitching staff, Colorado’s front office traded Corey in favor of bullpen help, but man, it sure was fun watching Corey grow up before our eyes.
Corey is currently trying to earn his stripes playing down in Tampa, FL for the Rays. So far into 2016 Corey is hitting barely below a .240 clip with 19 home runs. We certainly wish him all the best and hope that he can find his groove again soon.
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