When the Padres put Jon Jay on the disabled list, they quickly recalled Alex Dickerson as he has been tearing up AAA. The Poway kid is ready to go.
The Padres had other options, including top prospect Hunter Renfroe or Manuel Margot, but Dickerson provides them another left handed bat. It is his fourth call up and Dickerson is hoping early nerves are behind him.
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Dickerson sees this time as a little more business – the difference this time the Padres will likely give him starting duties in left field as they silde Melvin Upton Jr.to center who quickly showed he can handle that task.
“I never see it coming, but at the same time, it’s not as eye-opening as it was the first time,” said Dickerson, whom the Padres officially recalled Tuesday. “It’s more business at this point.”
Dickerson was hitting .382 with 10 runs in AAA El Paso, so he certainly was in a good rhythm with his swing, though of course the difference between the PCL and Petco Park of MLB is pretty big. Still, Dickerson was unphased by the challenge:
“I felt like I’ve done what I needed to do there. It’s just about staying healthy and competing on an everyday basis. I did hit a bit of a lull the last week or so; that’s just part of baseball. I’m going to try to clean that up from here and keep moving forward.”
Earlier this season he collected his first major league home run – a grand slam at Wrigley Field.
He has gotten two starts in a row and collected a hit in each game so far. He even walked Thursday in the Padres loss to the Orioles.
Now he will compete with Travis Jankowski for playing time who played well last week as the Padres waited to see if Jay would heal and avoid a trip to the DL. Upton Jr will simply slide between center and left depending on who is playing between Jankowski and Dickerson.
It’s always great to see a local San Diegan playing for the Padres, Dickerson is hoping this time he is up to stay with the Padres.