Alex Dickerson Traded to the Padres
Originally posted on Tri-State of Mind Baseball
In a move that shocked Pirate Nation, 2013 Eastern League Rookie of the Year Alex Dickerson was dealt to the Padres for prospects Jaff (not Jeff) Decker and Mikes Mikolas. Dickerson, 23, hit 288 with 17 homers and 68 RBIs for Double-A Altoona in 2013. Most Pirates fans believed that Dickerson figured prominently in the future of the organization.
Dickerson was similar to Garrett Jones, who was DFA’d this afternoon as expected, a power lefty that could play both first base and right field. Tim Williams over at Pirates Prospects points out something interesting when comparing Decker and Dickerson:
Let’s play “Alex Dickerson or Jaff Decker”: Player A: 23, .827 OPS in minors Player B: 23, .858 OPS in minors
— Tim Williams (@timwilliamsP2) November 25, 2013
Decker exhibits great plate discipline, in six minor league seasons he has a career OBP of .402 and as mentioned above (Hint: as player B) an .858 OPS. It looks as though interchangeable parts were dealt today.
However, the Pirates also got a serviceable reliever in Mikolas, who garnered 26 saves in 54 appearances in the offense-happy Pacific League. In 27 games at the Major League level, Mikolas is 2-1 with a 3.62 ERA giving up 13 runs and striking out 23. It may be way to early to tell, but it looks as though ninja GM, Neal Huntington, has made another under the radar move to vastly improve the Pirates.