Corey Dickerson

5 random Phillies stats you may have overlooked in 2019

5 random Phillies stats you may have overlooked in 2019

Five random Phillies stats you may have overlooked in 2019:

Surprising success swiping bags

The Phillies had the third-best stolen base percentage in the majors. They were 78 for 96 — 81.3%. The only teams with a higher success rate were the Dodgers and Cardinals.

They were middle-of-the-pack in total steals. Those 78 were two more than the league average. They didn't have anyone steal more than 15 bases but guys like Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto are instinctive baserunners who know when to pick their spots. Those two and Jean Segura were a combined 34 for 39 (87%).

Smyly quietly outperformed bigger names

Drew Smyly made his Phillies debut on July 21 and went on to post a 4.45 ERA in 12 starts.

From the date of that first start with the Phils, Smyly had a lower ERA than Trevor Bauer, Matthew Boyd and Tanner Roark. Bauer and Roark were both dealt at the trade deadline and Boyd was the subject of plenty of rumors. 

It's a good example of why you shouldn't trade off a bunch of good young pieces for two months of a non-star starting pitcher. A lot of times, someone like Smyly can match that rental player over the course of two months.

Before and after Mallee

The Phillies were hitting .245/.322/.417 as a team when they fired hitting coach John Mallee in mid-August.

They hit .249/.314/.454 the rest of the way. Not a huge difference, though they did homer in 4% of their plate appearances compared to 3.2% under Mallee, which explained the difference in slugging percentage despite the similar batting average.

Bummer to lose Dickerson

After the deadline deal to acquire Corey Dickerson, the outfielder hit .293 with an .886 OPS as a Phillie. That .886 OPS from Aug. 1-on was higher than Kris Bryant, Paul Goldschmidt, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, D.J. LeMahieu, Michael Brantley, Mike Moustakas and Matt Chapman.

Dickerson has moved on to the Marlins, which is a bummer for the Phillies but they did not have an everyday spot for him.

The 20-Club

You knew the Phillies allowed a ton of home runs. Did you know the entire starting staff — Zach Eflin, Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta and Vince Velasquez — allowed 20 home runs or more? And that was despite three of those guys not even spending the full season in the rotation.

Five teams had five pitchers allow 20-plus homers last season. That had never happened before.

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Phillies free-agent target: Corey Dickerson

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Phillies free-agent target: Corey Dickerson

Leading up to baseball’s winter meetings, we will take a daily look at some of the game’s top free agents and how they could potentially impact the Phillies.

Today, we check in on outfielder Corey Dickerson, who made a positive impact in a brief stay with the Phillies in 2019.

The vitals

The Phillies were criticized for not doing enough to upgrade their pitching at last summer’s trade deadline, but they did make a difference-making lineup acquisition when they acquired Dickerson in a cash deal from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dickerson played in 34 games for the Phillies and belted eight homers and drove in 34 runs. He suffered a broken foot in September and the Phillies really missed his bat down the stretch.

The lefty-swinging Dickerson turns 31 in May. He is one of those proverbial “professional hitters.”  He sports a career batting average of .286 and an OPS of .832. He’s made an All-Star team, won a Gold Glove and hit .300 three times.

Why he fits

Dickerson is a high-character, team-first guy who was well liked and much respected in the Phillies’ clubhouse last season. He can hit — he crushes right-handed pitching — and his bat would be a nice addition to the roster.

Why he doesn’t fit

Dickerson proved valuable in left field for the Phillies in the second half of 2019. However, he lacks positional versatility and is limited to just the corner outfield spots. With left fielder Andrew McCutchen set to return from knee surgery and Bryce Harper locked in in right field, there really isn’t a spot for Dickerson to get regular reps. It is not clear what the Phillies will do in center field in 2020. They have a number of options. If one of them includes giving McCutchen some time there they could more seriously consider a reunion with Dickerson, but that seems to be a decision that will come down the road, after other options have been exhausted, and Dickerson could be elsewhere by then.

Jay Bruce's return further complicates a potential reunion with Dickerson. The Phillies aren’t paying Bruce much — they took on just $2.75 million of his remaining $21 million last season — and he’s also a lefty bat who plays only the corners.

The price tag

Dickerson signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Pirates last year. The first-time free agent could be looking at a two-year deal in the neighborhood of $15 million.

Scout’s take

“After Tampa Bay DFA’d him (in February 2018), he went to Pittsburgh and made some good adjustments, especially on getting to high fastballs, and that’s made him a more well-rounded hitter. He really produced in a short time in Philly, but with McCutchen and Harper there, where’s he going to play? He’s more than a bench bat. He’ll be somewhere.”

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Phillies lose hot-hitting Corey Dickerson for remainder of the season

Phillies lose hot-hitting Corey Dickerson for remainder of the season

ATLANTA – The Phillies will be without one of their hottest hitters for the final 14 games of the season.

Corey Dickerson was placed on the 60-day injured list Tuesday afternoon because of a broken left foot. He was replaced on the active roster by reliever Edubray Ramos. 

Dickerson was acquired from Pittsburgh in July and he quickly became a valuable bat for the Phillies. He drove in 34 runs in his first 33 games with the club.

Dickerson fouled a ball off his foot Sept. 4 in Cincinnati. He aggravated the injury last week and was diagnosed with a bone bruise. Subsequent tests revealed a fracture.

Dickerson is a free agent at the end of the season.

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