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Chris Dickerson Being a Mentor to Gregory Polanco

Chris Dickerson Being a Mentor to Gregory Polanco

Nearly all of the buzz in the Indianapolis outfield this season has been designated for Gregory Polanco. However, just to the right of the star prospect is a hitter who has been slightly overshadowed in Chris Dickerson.

Dickerson has hit .329 in 40 games, with 18 extra base hits. He also boasted a 16-game hit streak earlier in the season, which was broken May 19. He has a .410 OBP and has reached base in 36 of his 38 starts this season.

“It is just having a plan and sticking to it day after day,” Dickerson said. “It is just staying within yourself and not trying to do too much. Being in the leadoff spot just keeps me in the frame of mind to do whatever I can to get on base.”

Though he has hit four home runs, Dickerson admitted that it is not about the long ball for him being in the leadoff role. This allows him to focus on keeping his swing level and hitting the ball in the gaps. Batting leadoff has also allowed Dickerson to form a relationship with Polanco. Though the bond is...

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