Dickerson ready for spring drills with Colorado Rockies

Published 8:00 pm Sunday, February 3, 2013

Life in the fast lane has been quite interesting for Corey Dickerson. Between receiving an invite to Big League Spring Training and signing endorsement deals, Dickerson took time out of his busy schedule to host his second annual youth baseball camp Saturday morning.

The Brookhaven Academy product hosted the camp at BA, as 20 area youth baseball players, ages 8-16, took part in fielding and hitting drills. New York Mets rising star Alonzo Harris Jr., a McComb native, helped Dickerson with the camp.

“These camps are fun for everyone involved and we can teach what we’ve learned to them,” said Harris, who leaves for Mets Spring Training next week.

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Harris is likely to start in Double-A in upstate New York. He and Dickerson both are hoping for call-ups this season.

“I’m looking forward to this season,” said the always-confident Harris. “I’m hoping for a big year.”

Both Harris and Dickerson taught youngsters the lessons of the minor leagues through experiences and helpful hints during the 4-hour camp at BA.

Centreville Academy product John Marcus McDowell, a sophomore outfielder enjoyed being tutored by the two pros.

“They (Dickerson & Harris) showed me a lot of different things about hitting and the game of baseball,” said McDowell.

Dickerson enjoyed the moment of spending time back at his local high school where he made many memories with his heroics.

“It’s always a good thing to come back to your high school and have a camp for area kids,” said Dickerson. “Today was a fun day, and a good camp!”

Dickerson’s time in the area will be cut short. On Wednesday, he’ll report to Scottsdale, Ariz. for Major League Spring Training with the Colorado Rockies.

Over three years and three different levels of pro ball, Dickerson has established himself as an elite prospect in the Rockies system. He’s hit 67 home runs during that time and has made Rockies brass take notice of his all-around game as both a power and gap hitter.

“It’s one step at a time,” Dickerson preached to the campers. “Staying consistent is the big key.”

Dickerson has stayed consistent with his offseason training and busy schedule, since arriving home from the Arizona Fall League in late November. It’s been all baseball. He toured the Marucci Bat Company in Baton Rouge, La. in December and took part in MLB’s Rookie Symposium in Washington D.C. two weeks ago.

He has also signed endorsement deals with Nike and Rawlings, and looks to be the next rising young star in the game. Dickerson, played in the MLB Network’s Rising Stars Game and AZL Championship back in November. He impressed many scouts and general managers with a 14-game hitting streak.

Bowman Select has created a baseball card featuring Dickerson as a rising prospect in the Rockies farm system. Dickerson is likely to start the year in Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’ll compete for a job in Spring Training among the Rockies major league outfielders.

“I’m ready,” said Dickerson. “I’m ready to get out there and compete.”

Dickerson was drafted by the Rockies in the 8th Round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He’s moved up each season, and could be destined for a big league call-up this summer.

“That’s the goal,” adds Dickerson. “Make it to the Majors. That’s what I’m aiming for.”