Despite seeming like quite the savvy pick-up this past offseason by Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos, outfielder Alex Dickerson just didn’t produce as expected in Atlanta. And as a result, the 31-year-old was DFA’d a few days ago, making room for Ronald Acuña Jr. on the roster when he came off the injured list on Thursday. Although, per reports on Saturday, Dickerson cleared waivers and will remain with the Braves organization.
Dickerson managed to hit just .121 with one home run in 13 games with the big league Braves this season – his only XBH by the way, allowing him to post only a 20 wRC+ overall as a big leaguer. If you recall, Atlanta inked Dickerson to a non-guaranteed major league contract worth $1 million back in mid-March, which seemed like a steal given the veteran outfielder was coming off back to back seasons with the Giants in which he played as a regular. In 2020 and 2021 combined, Dickerson slashed .256/.328/.475 with 23 homers and 65 RBI in 163 games, good for a 116 wRC+ in roughly one season’s worth of games.
More importantly, the lefty-swinging Dickerson has always been a strong performer versus right-handed pitching, sporting a career 111 wRC+ against that flavor of pitching, to go with 37 of his 40 long balls as a major leaguer. However, that ability to handle righties hasn’t held true for Dickerson in 2022. The former third-round pick has solely faced right-handed pitchers so far this season, and as you can see by the stats above, he hasn’t had much success.
Regardless, though, it’s a good thing that Dickerson remains in the Braves organization, and he should fit in as a key bat in Gwinnett’s lineup. Also, with still five months to go in the regular season, it’s likely Dickerson will get another opportunity in Atlanta.
For his minor league career (8 seasons), Dickerson owns a .310 AVG and .874 OPS to go with 65 homers and 350 RBI in 568 overall games. At the Triple-A level, he’s a career .330 hitter in 231 games.