ALTOONA - Altoona Curve outfielder Alex Dickerson has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of July 8-14, the Eastern League announced today. He is the first Altoona player to receive a player of the week award this season and the first since Jameson Taillon won it in his first week with the Curve in August of 2012.
Dickerson erupted on offense to earn the award, hitting .524 (11-for-21) with two homers, five RBI, and seven runs scored. The performance spanned one game against the Erie SeaWolves and four games versus the Akron Aeros. With Dickerson's help, Altoona went 3-2 on the week.
He opened the stretch by hitting 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run against Erie. Dickerson submitted his finest performance in the last game of the week, going 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles, two RBI, and three runs against the Aeros. His day was just a triple shy of the cycle.
Dickerson's sterling week capped an excellent recent stretch of play for the native of Poway, Calif. Since June 1, he is hitting .336 with eight homers, 28 RBI, 13 doubles and four stolen bases in 37 games. On June 2, he went 3-for-4 with two homers and seven RBI against the Portland Sea Dogs.
The Pirates selected Dickerson in the third round of the 2011 draft out of Indiana University. He had an excellent career at Bloomington and is no stranger to winning awards. He was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Second Team All-Big Ten as a designated hitter in 2009. He set the freshman home run record with 14 while hitting .370 for the season. He was even better as a sophomore, when he was named a first team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the National College Baseball Writers Association, and the American Baseball Coaches Association. Dickerson was also the unanimous selection for the Big Ten Player of the Year as a sophomore as well.
Dickerson's ascendance in pro ball has been steady. He played the 2011 season with the State College Spikes. In 2012, he moved up to High-A Bradenton, where he was named the FSL Player of the Year.
The Curve (42-51) begin a homestand tonight against the Bowie Baysox.
--Altoona Curve Media Relations