Comments on: Top Performers: Bell and Allie Finish the First Half Strong at the Plate Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 01:05:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Lee Young Mon, 17 Jun 2013 23:02:42 +0000 I’m not a Dickerson fan. Seems rather mediocre to me. Hague had better stats.

By: Tim Williams Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:37:20 +0000 Because RBIs aren’t a reflection of an individual performance. You need men on base to get RBIs. RBIs are more dependent on your teammates and your position in the lineup than your abilities.

I hope Dickerson does well. He’s a great guy and I personally pull for him. But I also have to compartmentalize that and look at the numbers and what he’s doing. Last year he had a .156 ISO in high-A. He even said that he wasn’t hitting as well as he could last year.

So far he’s not doing well in Double-A, which isn’t out of the ordinary for hitters. He’s doing better lately. I hope that’s a sign that he’s figuring things out. But for the upper levels and a guy at his age, I’m looking more at results and less at potential, which explains why we’re “down on him”.

By: BuccosFanStuckinMD Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:06:52 +0000 I guess I question how you can look past RBIs, when scoring runs is what the game is all about. You want a guy who produces with men on base and in clutch situations. Seems to me, RBIs would be one number to consider if you are evaluating a corner infielder or outfielder.

What recent college power hitter has hit a ton of HRs in the FSL? Maybe there are examples….I am just asking.

He is struggling at AA, but the season is not quite half over and he has raised his average substantially over the past 3-4 weeks – despite a concussion. He is also hitting in a ball park that does not yield a lot of HRs, so I would not expect him to hit 25-30 in Altoona.

Time will tell who is closer to being right, but I like him and I think he’s one of the Pirates top 20-25 prospects.

By: Tim Williams Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:49:23 +0000 “Seems like some people on this site are down on him a bit. I guess I view him more favorably. Last year, he had a solid year in High A – hit over .290 and drove in over 90 runs.”

The stats you cite are probably why. I don’t even look at RBIs and I look past average at OPS. Dickerson had a decent season, and a better second half, but it wasn’t what you’d expect from a college power hitter. Since he won’t have defensive value, and since hitters usually struggle in the jump to Double-A (which he is currently doing), we had him ranked low due to the lack of offense in high-A.

By: BuccosFanStuckinMD Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:08:13 +0000 A couple of quick comments…..

(1) Regarding Josh Bell – this quote above concerns me greatly, regarding his recent knee injury….”There’s no update on the status of his injury, although he won’t be playing in the SAL All-Star game.”. I sure hope it is not a long term reoccurrence of a knee injury. Please update us when you hear anything more definitive.

(2) Regarding Alex Dickerson – Seems like some people on this site are down on him a bit. I guess I view him more favorably. Last year, he had a solid year in High A – hit over .290 and drove in over 90 runs. Some are disappointed in his HR total last year, but sometimes home runs come later for hitters. He also played in a very pitcher friendly league last year. Now, this year, he’s off to a slow start again…but he’s been coming on of late. I could be proven wrong, but I predict he finishes this year very strongly in AA. He obviously plays a position that is thin in the organization – with no clear long-term replacement for Jones on the MLB team. Hague and Curry are near-term, but not highly regarded options. Options like Bell, Allie, and Osuna are a ways away yet. I think Dickerson could be the bridge between Jones and the longer term 1B solution. I like him.