Which Blue Jays outfielder will step up to replace injured Michael Saunders?
Jul 27, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Chris Dickerson (38) singles against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Name: Chris Dickerson
Age: 32 years old
Signed by the Blue Jays less than a week ago, Chris Dickerson was just looking for a shot to provide some depth for a team where he might see a call-up during the season. Little did he know that five days later he could be figuring into a competition for a spot on the Opening Day roster.
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The Blue Jays will be Dickerson’s 5th franchise, with the outfielder spending 2014 with the Cleveland Indians. In 820 plate appearances in the majors, Dickerson has shown a little more with the bat than Carrera, possessing a .257/.335/.395 batting line and 17 career home runs in 820 plate appearances. He’s also been no slouch on the basepaths, stealing 35 bases on 42 attempts in his career.
Like Carrera, Dickerson has spent a good deal of time in the minor leagues, notching 3777 plate appearances in the game’s lower levels. He’s a career .269/.371/.426 hitter, and has shown some solid pop (83 home runs) and speed (196 SB) in the minors.
Dickerson profiles as a solid outfielder as well, grading out as an above average fielder in both center field (38.4 UZR/150) and right field (16.6 UZR/150). However, he’s average at best in left with a career UZR/150 of -0.9 in 718.2 innings of work.
Maybe now he’ll get an opportunity to field a new claim to fame besides once being traded for Jim Edmonds.