The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed third round pick Alex Dickerson, a first baseman out of Indiana University. Dickerson was rated the 42nd best prospect overall in the 2011 draft by Baseball America. He's a left hander who gets his value from his bat, with average to plus power, and the ability to hit for power to all fields. He only hit nine homers in 2011, although he was bothered by back problems, and was pitched around. The back issues are a big issue, as he had surgery on a bulging disc in high school, and dealt with those issues again in 2011. That could be the reason he slipped to the third round.
Dickerson hit .367 (79-for-215) with 10 doubles, nine home runs, 49 RBI, 33 runs scored and a .540 slugging percentage in 54 games this year as a junior at Indiana University while...
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