#MLBPlayers411 | Corey Dickerson
When the Rays acquired Corey Dickerson from the Colorado Rockies before the 2016 season, he was joining a crowded outfield in Tampa Bay, and at the time, Rockies GM Jeff Bridich said he had a “bright future.” Fast forward to 2017, today's #MLBPlayersAllStar17 #MLBPlayers411 subject is living up to that projection with 17 home runs, 41 RBIs, a .317 batting average and an invitation to his first All-Star Game.
Corey edged out Seattle's Nelson Cruz in fan balloting for designated hitter to seal his mid-July trip to Miami as a starter.
“That was the best part about it,” Dickerson said. “To me emotionally, for me and my family, to win the fan vote was even more special, even though it would have been special to just make the team in general. But winning the fan vote showed how much the fans care, and how much it is a fan's game. It feels like that hard work is appreciated, and I'm very thankful.”
The Rays and their fans are thankful for Corey's production in 2017. Along with Logan Morrison and Steven Souza Jr., his middle-of-the-order production has helped make the Rays one of the AL's most productive offensive teams. They're currently third in the league in both home runs and slugging.
The Mississippi native was born in McComb but raised in Brookhaven, where he attended private school at Brookhaven Academy for whom Corey holds the State Private School Association career record for home runs with 45 over four seasons.
The Rockies originally drafted Corey in the 29th round after high school graduation in 2009, but he decided to play for Meridian Community College in Meridian, Miss. Instead. After Corey hit .459 with 21 home runs, the Rockies drafted Corey again in the eighth round in 2010 to begin his professional career.
Corey made his major-league debut on June 22, 2013 against the Nationals, collecting his first two career hits and an RBI.
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