Corey Dickerson is not starting vs left-handed pitchers, and it’s beginning to bother me. It doesn’t make any sense. Dickerson is the most exciting and high profile positional prospect outside of Nolan Arenado on the team right now, the Colorado Rockies are out of playoff contention, and Dickerson has the potential to be the Rockies’ everyday right fielder next year.
He should be playing every day even against left-handed pitchers. There is no reason to assume this early into his career that he can’t hit left-handed pitching. In 63 at bats against lefties in Colorado Springs, Dickerson hit .349 with 11 extra base hits.
I understand that manager Walt Weiss is trying to get a good luck at everyone on the roster while still playing Helton somewhat regularly, but all of the focus should be on Dickerson and getting him as many at bats as possible over the next month and a half as preparation for the 2014 season. Weiss took this approach when the Rockies brought up Arenado earlier in the season as he has started almost every game since being called up in late April. That should be the same way they handle Dickerson, especially with the success he is having so far.
No disrespect to Charlie Culberson and Charlie Blackmon, but Dickerson should not be ceding playing time to them this late into the season. Culberson and Blackmon could be fine pieces to a winning Rockies team, but they don’t possess the everyday potential that Dickerson does. Dickerson needs to be starting every day for the rest of the season.