Dodgers outfielder and first baseman O`Koyea Dickson was on fire this week for Hermosillo in the Mexican Winter League, hitting four home runs in the final three games of their playoff semifinal series.
Hermosillo was eliminated on Thursday night, losing 4-3 in 16 innings to Mexicali in Game 7 of their second-round series. But it was not because of Dickson, who was 2-for-7 with a home run.
Dickson also homered twice in Game 6 and once in Game 5, giving him four home runs over the final three games of the series. Dickson was on fire during the postseason for the Naranjeros, managed by old friend Lorenzo Bundy. Dickson in 14 playoff games hit .340/.411/.681 with five home runs, 17 RBI and seven walks.
That followed a 20-game stint with Hermosillo in the regular season that saw Dickson hit .276/.313/.382. Combining his Mexican Winter League regular and postseason, Dickson hit .301/.353/.496 with seven home runs and 24 RBI in 34 games.
Dickson reached base in each of his last 13 postseason games, including a hit in each of his last eight games.
Dickson posted a strong 2016 campaign in his second stint with Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .328/.398/.556 with 18 home runs and 28 doubles in 101 games, starting 29 games in left field, 29 games at first base and two games in right field.
The right-handed Dickson, drafted by the Dodgers in the 12th round in 2011 out of Sonoma State, improved against left-handed pitchers in 2016, hitting .327/.432/.571 against southpaws after .240/.310/.401 against them from 2013-2015.
Dickson turns 27 in February and isn’t on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster. He was left exposed to the Rule 5 Draft in December and the risk paid off as nobody drafted him, allowing the Dodgers to keep him.
The Dodgers haven’t announced their non-roster invitations to big league camp in spring training, but it would be surprising if Dickson didn’t get the call. He was a non-roster invitee in 2015 but not in 2016, so it’s not a slam dunk. But after a strong 2016 season, getting invited to big league camp again would be a nice and deserved reward for Dickson.