Do you remember O’Koyea Dickson? You might not, and that’s understandable.
Dickson was drafted by the Dodgers in 2011 in the 12th round. He spent seven seasons in the minor leagues and put up solid numbers, especially in 2016 where he had a slash line of .328/.398/.596 with 18 home runs with the OKC Dodgers. His slash line dropped to .246/.328/.484 in 2017, but his home runs increased to 24. This performance was good enough to result in a September call-up. He went 1-7 in his short stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After the World Series was over, Dickson was among 572 minor league free agents and it looks like he has found a new home in Japan. On Tuesday, The Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball announced that they had signed the outifielder.
Here is what the team director, Hiroshi Abei, had to say about the signing:
“We saw the results of his physical, and we determined that his rehab is on track,” Abei said. “We’re not acquiring him just to compete for playing time with the other foreign players, but to increase our offensive options as we aim to win the pennant.”
Good luck to O’Koyea in Japan! We here at Dodgers Nation are rooting for you!