The Los Angeles Dodgers have played four Spring Training games through Friday and their leading home run hitter is… O’Koyea Dickson. He hit his second homer of the spring on Friday with an opposite field shot in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 7-4 win over the Seattle Mariners.
When asked if he’s the club’s power hitter this spring, Dickson laughed it off and had a much more practical view. “I’m just trying to go up there with a plan every time and just continue to trust the process that I’m going through right now,” he said. “That’s the main thing for me, keep everything simple.”
With six at-bats over three games, Dickson has far surpassed his previous Spring Training experience with the Dodgers. However, in all three games, Dickson has been inserted off the bench — something he’s not dealt with since becoming a regular starter in the Minors.
Nonetheless, Dickson said he’s taking it in stride and is ecstatic to be in camp with the Dodgers. “It’s been a blessing, just grateful to be here,” the 25-year-old first baseman said. “Learning from each and every guy in the clubhouse. Forming relationships and friendships with a lot of guys that I’ve never met before, and just try to continue to learn.”
In each of his four seasons in with the Dodgers, Dickson has increased his season home run and doubles totals. He spent 2014 with Double-A Chattanooga and tied his career-best 17 home runs and set a new career-high with 36 doubles.
Each spring, one unsung player seemingly steps up to take advantage of the opportunity in front of him, and this year Dickson has quickly taken on that role.
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