CODY DICKSON
LEFT HANDED PITCHER
Born: April 27, 1992
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 190
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 4th Round, 119th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
College: Sam Houston State
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Like the Pirates’ second-round pick, Blake Taylor, Dickson is a LHP with good size.  Baseball America had him ranked 157th among draft prospects.  He has better stuff than typical of a fourth-round LHP, but his draft status was hurt by inconsistent command during his junior season.  He had a rough stretch in which he lost the strike zone and was dropped from the rotation.  In fact, he’s had issues with walks throughout his college career.  Dickson throws mainly in the low-90s and has reached 95, but still has some projection left.  At his best, he throws an above-average curve and change.  That arsenal could make him a mid-rotation starter if he can straighten out his command issues.  He signed quickly for slightly below the slot amount.

2013
A-:  2-0-0, 2.37 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 57.0 IP, 3.8 BB/9, 9.3 K/9

Dickson had a good debut, one that got better as time went on; he allowed no earned runs in seven of his last eight starts.  He had control issues at times, but opponents hit only .209 against him and he fanned more than a batter an inning.  He had a reverse platoon split, as lefties hit .286 against him and righties only .174.  He was a flyball pitcher.

2014
A:  7-9-0, 3.90 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 129.1 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 7.2 K/9

It was a little disappointing to see the Pirates send Dickson to West Virginia rather than Bradenton, but he struggled badly in the first half of the season before turning things around.  He went from 5.58 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in his first 13 starts to a 2.45 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in his last 14.  He also had gopher ball problems in the first half, going from one every seven and a half innings to one every 23.  Dickson didn’t have a huge platoon split, allowing an .804 OPS to righted handed batters and .732 to left handed batters.

So far, Dickson has been as advertised.  He’s shown good stuff and some command issues.  He should be in the Bradenton rotation in 2015.  LHPs are not a strength in the Pirates’ organization, so Dickson developing into a good prospect would be a big thing for them.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

College
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2013 9-5-0 18 15 95.0 61 4 51 91 1.18 .185 4.26
2012 4-5-0 18 14 72.0 68 4 38 46 1.47 .256 3.25
2011 4-1-0 14 11 45.2 38 1 34 52 1.58 .228 4.34
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $375,000
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2016
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2013: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 4th round, 119th overall pick; signed on June 14.