Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call: Best spot for Dickerson?

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The headline offseason acquisition for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Corey Dickerson, brings a lot to the table. He has been an above average run producer by most measures, including four straight seasons of above average wRC+. He has consistently posted an ISO of .200 or greater in each of his full major league seasons. He is a consistent home run threat, having blasted 24 or more in each of his non-injury shortened seasons.

So where in the lineup should he hit?

I talked about this very topic with Josh Taylor last night for an episode of our Locked on Pirates podcast. It was a fantastic conversation that you’ll never get to hear, as my recording software decided to swat away 30 minutes of engaging baseball talk by not working.

But I digress.

For his career, Dickerson has spent the majority of his career bouncing around the order, hitting anywhere from first to seventh with a significant sample size at each spot other than third. Chief among those locations is the second spot with 455 plate appearances. In that spot he has a career .378 wOBA and a 133 wRC+.

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdler has given Dickerson some Spring Training run in the second spot thus far, and all signs would seem to point to Dickerson starting the season there.

Doing so does not mean that Dickerson would be an automatic lock to continue his production. Batting before Starling Marte or Josh Bell might presumably result in getting some better pitches to hit. It will be up to Dickerson to do more with fastballs than he has previously, yet he should be able to do enough damage for the Pittsburgh Pirates with talented hitters around him.

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Jason Rollison

Jason Rollison has been analyzing baseball and the Pirates in one way or another for 4+ years. Jason's previous stops include rumbunter.com, Pittsburgh Sporting News, Call To The Pen and several print publications. He also covers the State College Spikes for the Centre County Gazette (State College, PA) When it comes to analyzing baseball, he likes to take a middle-of-the-road approach, with one foot on the analytics side of the fence and the other on the old-school side. Having said that, he is a sucker for pitchf/x. Jason has appeared as a phone-in and in-studio guests in numerous outlets, including Trib Live Radio and 93.7 The Fan (CBS Sports Radio)