Further strengthening his chances of garnering a non-roster invite to the Dodgers‘ big league spring training camp next month, 26-year-old farmhand O’Koyea Dickson made a fine impression in the Mexican Pacific League this winter, hammering four home runs in the final three games of Naranjeros de Hermosillo’s second-round playoff series.
Over the course of 14 playoff games, Dickson hit .340/.411/.681 with five home runs, 17 RBI and seven walks. During regular season play for the Naranjeros, he went 21-for-76 in 20 games played, producing a .313 OBP which included two doubles and another two long balls. For the entire season combined, he recorded a rather impressive slash line of .301/.353/.496 with seven home runs and 24 RBI.
In his 2016 campaign for Triple-A Oklahoma City, the native of San Francisco slashed .328/.398/.556 with 18 home runs, 28 doubles and 64 RBI in 101 games played. The .328 batting average was his highest season average since batting .333 in 48 games in 2011.
Early in September, Dickson was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the final week of the 2016 regular season, going 13-for-26 with three home runs, three doubles, a triple and 10 RBI in six games over that span.
Dickson’s season ended abruptly when he injured his quad in the second game of the 2016 Pacific Coast Championship series against El Paso.
Once known as a basketball star in his early days at Washington High School, Dickson began favoring baseball after he broke his ankle during his freshman year. He eventually went on to play baseball at Sonoma State University, and was subsequently selected by the Dodgers in the 12th round of the 2011 draft.
The right-handed hitting Dickson is primarily an outfielder and a first baseman, splitting his time equally between both spots last season. He has very solid bat speed and exhibits superior power to his pull side. Defensively, he has a decent glove with a capable arm, and has deceptive quickness on the basepaths when considering his 220-lb. frame.
Dickson will turn 27 in February but has yet to be included on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster. Along with fellow outfielder Jacob Scavuzzo, he was left exposed to the Rule 5 Draft in December but made it through unchosen, permitting him to break camp in the Dodgers organization this spring.
The Naranjeros de Hermosillo are one of the most successful teams in the Liga Mexicana del Pacífico with 16 titles. They were the first Mexican squad to win the Caribbean Series in Santo Domingo in 1976. The Naranjeros are currently managed by Marlins outfield coach and former Dodgers third base coach Lorenzo Bundy.