Alex Dickerson Signs Contract with Pittsburgh Pirates
July 15, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Alex Dickerson has inked a deal to play professional baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates, officially foregoing his senior season at Indiana. Pittsburgh selected the Hoosier with the first pick of the third round (No. 91 overall) of the 2011 June MLB Draft.
Dickerson, the 2010 Big Ten Triple Crown winner (.419 avg., 24 HR, 75 RBI) and First Team All-American, has been assigned to the Pirate's short season single-A team, the State College Spikes. He will see a familiar face at his first game as a pro with the Spikes visiting the Staten Island Yankees, home of 2011 IU graduate Wes Wilson.
"Alex is an offensive-oriented corner type best suited for first base," said Pirates director of scouting Greg Smith. "He is a power/bat combo guy that has performed well, which is illustrated by him winning the Triple Crown in the Big Ten Conference."
Dickerson etched his name all over the IU record books. Even more impressive is the fact that Dickerson has done so in just three seasons donning the Cream and Crimson:
47 homeruns (tied for first all-time)
The Poway, Calif., native makes it 16 IU alums currently playing professionally, including 15 of which played under the tutelage of Head Coach Tracy Smith.
The Pirates have had a resurgence this season, sitting at 47-43 during the All-Star Break and just one game back in the NL Central Division.
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