Posted on March 16th, 2011 by Jeff in Brandon Dickson, Lance Lynn
Kyle McClellan has basically won the 5th starter competition, holding off all other comers in just two weeks. Over at Gas House Graphs, Andy takes a perfect look at visualizing what type of contact each pitcher has allowed during the spring training games. I’m not going to steal the graph, so stop by and take a look at it.
Small sample size warning obviously, but it gives us some reinforcement of the information we had already on these guys. Lynn is not a pure groundball pitcher but that’s not necessarily a bad thing and Dickson can get groundballs out of anyone.
Now that both look to be headed back to Memphis for the season, how has Spring Training changed your mind about these two hurlers if at all?
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They usually appear in the Sunday paper. A journalist gets 5 minutes time with someone, jots down some quotes and writes a total fluff piece about the player. Generally, even though I dislike these pieces and find them vapid, I read them when they’re about prospects.
I found myself pleasantly surprised by this well-written, insightful piece into a player who, prior to this year, was relatively unknown. Marlon Morgan of the Memphis Commercial Appeal deserves some kudos for putting together a well-done “human interest” story. After reading the story, I can’t fight this urge to write about Brandon Dickson myself.
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My father and I got an almost-private showing of morning practice for the minor league squads on Monday. We were lucky enough to run into Brandon Dickson‘s father outside the gates to the minor league side of camp. He got a guard to let him and us into the practice facilities at about 10:00am. Brandon was undrafted out of Tusculum College and was Quad Cities Pitcher of the Year in 2007 (according to his father). His numbers look pretty good, with a nice K rate, although his father said he was more of a grounball pitcher than a strikeout pitcher.
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