Corey Dickerson
LF/DH TB
1 week ago

Dickerson is a candidate to be part of a leadoff platoon this coming season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "We're trying to narrow (it down),'' manager Kevin Cash said. "I don't think we have, as it stands right now, a defined leadoff guy. We're trying a couple different options. ... We're still trying to work through do we have a guy versus left and a guy versus right.

EDGE Analysis

Dickerson, who's now slashing .441/.472/.647 over 34 at-bats and has led off in multiple games this spring, is a contender for the left-handed side of what could be a leadoff platoon with Tim Beckham to open the regular season. Veteran Logan Morrison is another candidate for the job from that side of the plate; however, he has a history of early-season struggles and is hitting just .200 over 10 at-bats this spring.

Corey Dickerson
LF/DH TB
1 week ago

Dickerson went 4-for-4 with an RBI single, three other hits and a run in Tuesday's 9-6 Grapefruit League split-squad victory over the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

The slugger continues to show off an improved, quicker swing this spring, as Tuesday's perfect showing at the plate brought his spring line to .433/.469/.700. Dickerson's significant offseason weight loss appears to be paying off thus far this spring as he preps for his second season in a Tampa uniform.

Corey Dickerson
LF/DH TB
2 weeks ago

Dickerson went 1-for-3 with a fifth-inning solo home run in Tuesday's 7-6 extra-inning Grapefruit League loss to the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The slimmed-down slugger once again operated out of the leadoff spot, with his round-tripper representing his second of spring and seventh hit overall. Despite checking in to spring training at a svelte 200 pounds after dropping 25 pounds in the offseason, Dickerson's bat still carries plenty of pop, as he's now slashing .333/.364/.667 with one double, two homers and four RBI over 21 at-bats. The former Colorado Rockie admitted putting additional pressure on himself to prove his worth to his new Rays teammates last season, leading to early struggles. However, he finished 2016 on a tear, hitting .326 with eight doubles, eight homers and 16 RBI over his last 24 games, Dickerson went into the offseason with an eye on making the physical improvements necessary to carry that momentum into the coming campaign. "This is about strengthening my strengths and reducing my weaknesses. You free your mind a little bit. You don't hurt. You can get in shape the way you want to."

Corey Dickerson
LF/DH TB
4 weeks ago

Dickerson, who served as the DH and led off in Monday's 7-2 Grapefruit League win over the Phillies, went 1-for-2 with an opposite-field two-run home run, a walk and another run.

EDGE Analysis

Dickerson connected for his first round-tripper of spring in the fifth by taking a Drew Anderson pitch to left field with a man on. The slugger has reported feeling like his swing is quicker after dropping 25 pounds in the offseason, and if Monday's blast is any indication, his assessment appears to be correct. Dickerson is expected to primarily DH this season, although he's also capable of being deployed in left field and first base if necessary.

Corey Dickerson
LF/DH TB
2 months ago

Dickerson believes this offseason's 25-pound weight loss, which he accomplished through a combination of diet and targeted exercise, will significantly help his performance in 2017, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. "I feel completely different," Dickerson said. "The way I run, the way I move, the quickness. ... I didn't lift any dumbbells. All my workouts were flexibility, range of motion -- the way I throw, the way I hit. I should have more range of motion, and that's really what I focused on."

EDGE Analysis

Dickerson smacked 24 homers and drove in 70 runs in 2016, his first season with the Rays, playing primarily DH and left field. While the round-trippers equaled a career high, Dickerson also whiffed 134 times, and sported an unsightly .293 OBP. His work this offseason was therefore largely geared toward bumping up his bat speed in order to make contact on a much more consistent basis. That approach already appears to be paying dividends according to the slugger's own observations. "Now my swing is quicker. The ball comes off the bat better with more range of motion. And the way I throw is different. I think it all benefitted me."

Corey Dickerson
LF/DH TB
2 months ago

Dickerson agreed to a one-year, $3.025 million contract with the Rays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The move from Colorado to Tampa Bay was accompanied by a 59-point drop in batting average, but Dickerson was able to stay healthy for the most part. With playing time volume, Dickerson was able to compile useful tallies in home runs and RBI. It seems likely he will serve as the primary DH to begin 2017, having graded out poorly in the outfield.

Corey Dickerson
LF/DH TB
6 months ago

Dickerson went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

The slugging outfielder's third-inning blast extended the Rays' lead to 4-0 in the third and equaled the career-high total he'd set in 2014 with the Rockies. Dickerson has hits in six of his last seven games and has boosted his average 18 points since Sept. 2.

Corey Dickerson
LF/DH TB
6 months ago

Dickerson went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

His single in the third brought in Brad Miller, extending the Rays' lead to 3-1 at the time. Dickerson has a modest four-game hitting streak and is enjoying his best month at the plate overall, with a .321 average (25-for-78), seven doubles, five homers and 14 RBI in September.

Corey Dickerson
LF/DH TB
6 months ago

Dickerson went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Thursday's 2-0 victory over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The slugger's 393-foot blast to right in the sixth provided the Rays with some breathing room and was Dickerson's third homer in the last four games. That includes round-trippers in two straight, with Thursday's bomb leaving him just one short of equaling the career-best 24 he'd hit back in 2014 with the Rockies. Dickerson's finest month of the season now sees him slashing .306/.315/.597 with six doubles, five homers and 13 RBI over 72 at-bats.

Corey Dickerson
LF/DH TB
6 months ago

Dickerson continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-4 effort versus the Yankees in Wednesday's 11-5 loss that consisted of a double and solo homer.

EDGE Analysis

The Colorado import has proven he isn't just a Coors Field mirage in his first Rays campaign, with Wednesday's blast serving as his fourth in the last 10 games and his 22nd of the season overall. Dickerson has also racked up seven multi-hit outings in September, his highest monthly figure in that category this season. He's now just two homers shy of equaling the career-best 24 he smacked with the Rockies back in 2014 over 131 games and has raised his average 13 points to its current figure of .243 since Sept. 7.