On Monday, the Padres called up outfielder Alex Dickerson.
He made his major league debut last season on August 6. In 11 games, he batted .250 (2/8) with no RBIs in 2015. Entering Wednesday, Dickerson has played in one game, going 0-1.
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Dickerson was drafted originally by the Washington Nationals in the 48th round of the 2008 MLB Draft, but chose to play collegiately at Indiana University. He was drafted later by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 2011 Draft. Dickerson was traded to the Padres after the 2013 season for Jaff Decker and Miles Mikolas.
The 25-year old was on a 13-game hitting streak for Triple-A El Paso. In 22 games this season, he was batting .352 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 71 at-bats. Travis Jankowksi has only received 17 at bats this year with 4 hits. He has stolen two bases but not exactly shown he deserves more playing time than he has been given. It will interesting to see if the Dickerson move sends Jankowski down to AAA to get more playing time.
With Melvin Upton Jr., Jon Jay and Matt Kemp in the mix, Dickerson is not expected to get many at-bats anytime soon. Given though that all three are 31 years old, it would not be a shock to see the Padres move at least one of them some time during the season, which would then open up more opportunities for Dickerson. Upton Jr has been struggling of late while Matt Kemp is leading the offense in home runs and RBI. Still, he can be a defensive liability and Dickerson could see time as an outfield defensive replacement.
Entering Wednesday night, the Padres are 11-17 (3.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants for first in the West). Brett Wallace is seeing more starts at third base and so Dickerson also figures to be a left-handed bat off the bench when Wallace is already holding down a spot in the lineup.