The 2014 Colorado Rockies season is one that we all want to forget about. The team started out hot in April but the wheels and momentum disappeared once the injury bug hit. One player that has made the most of his opportunity to be an everyday player after Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez went down with injuries is outfielder Corey Dickerson.
Dickerson, 25, was the odd-man out after Charlie Blackmon had a pretty good September in 2013 and a red-hot April to start the 2014 season. Colorado decided to go with the six-man outfield rotation which featured Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, Michael Cuddyer, Brandon Barnes, Drew Stubbs, and Dickerson. Dickerson didn’t see very much playing time in the opening week as he was sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for free-agent signing Boone Logan.
Then the very next week, Dickerson was recalled from Triple-A to replace Brett Anderson who went down with a broken finger. Dickerson has remained with the club ever since.
The eighth-round pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2010 draft has done nothing but impress once given the opportunity to start. The native of McComb, Mississippi is currently batting .321 on the season with 19 doubles, 4 triples, 16 home runs, and 50 RBI’s. Although he is not yet qualified in the number of at-bats for the NL Batting Title, he would currently place third behind teammates Troy Tulowitzki (.340) and Justin Morneau (.324).
The Rockies were well on their way to get shut out by the San Diego Padres Tuesday night but Dickerson clubbed a solo home run to right to break it up. Not only did he homer Tuesday night, he has homered in three-straight games dating back to the series finale vs. Arizona Diamondbacks.
We all know what kind of players CarGo and Cuddy are when they are healthy, but Dickerson could very well find himself a starting spot in the outfield in 2015 — whether that means bumping out first-time All-Star Charlie Blackmon to the fourth option. Or Colorado makes a trade regarding Cargo/Cuddy to shore up the outfield to where Blackmon and Dickerson both start. Just a guess.
Colorado’s atrocious record of 46-73 may be a huge turnoff, but don’t let their record spoil what Corey Dickerson is currently doing for the club.