Alex Dickerson should start the 2012 season in Bradenton.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently without a long-term solution at first base. The team will enter the 2012 season with a platoon of Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee at the spot. Matt Hague could be a backup plan should the platoon struggle, although Hague profiles more as a James Loney type, and not a long-term solution.
The best long-term solution might be 2011 third round pick Alex Dickerson.
In a draft that featured outfielder Josh Bell getting $5 M in the second round, and pitcher Clayton Holmes getting $1.2 M in the ninth round, it's easy to overlook Dickerson. He entered the year a candidate to be drafted at the end of the first round. Baseball America ranked him as the 27th best prospect in their pre-season ranking...
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