As part of its early signing class, Cincinnati inked Chris Dixon from Princeton High School. Bearcat Insider recently spoke with Chris about his becoming a Bearcat.
Brian Cleary knows he needs speed to play in spacious Marge Schott
Stadium so he returned to Princeton High School this year to sign an
ex-teammate of current Bearcat, Josh Harrison. As a sophomore, Dixon played second base
and batted ninth on the 2005 Viking squad that reached the Division I state
semi-finals. Josh Harrison played
shortstop and batted leadoff that year.
The two Vikings will be reunited next season as Cincinnati Bearcats and
hope for similar success.
Dixon has become the 2007
version of Harrison for the Vikings as he now
bats leadoff and plays shortstop.
Heading into Monday's game at Milford,
hitting .387 with 13 stolen bases.
Some think Chris is just a bigger version of Josh. Chris stands 5' 9" and weighs180 pounds
while Josh is 5' 6"/172 pounds.
Like Harrison, who played six different positions for UC last season,
Chris is also quite versatile. "I
play shortstop this year, but I've also played second base, third base and all
the outfield spots." So where will
he play at Cincinnati? "They haven't really told me, but they
were looking for me to play somewhere in the infield either next year or my
sophomore year." Chris prefers his
present position. "I feel most
comfortable at shortstop, but I feel I can play second just as well as
The Bearcats beat out Evansville,
Kentucky and Ohio University when signing Chris to a letter
of intent. He explained why he
chose Cincinnati. "It's kind of close to home, and I
thought it was nice because I was real close to about three players already
there-Josh Harrison, Cameron Satterwhite, and Jamel Scott. I think they can help me during my
freshman year around school and on the baseball field." Dixon
plays for Midland in summer ball.
Comparisons with Harrison are inevitable
so Chris was asked to compare himself to his old buddy. "We both have great range in the field,
and we're both base stealing threats.
He's quick and I'm quick. He
gets better reads off the pitcher than me in stealing bases. I'm a little bit bigger than him, a
little bit faster, and just as quick."
Chris has not been timed in the 40-yard-dash, but he did report a
60-yard-dash time of 6.5 seconds.
Despite being bigger, Chris doesn't seem to have Josh's power. According to the GMC website, Chris has
no home runs this year while Josh ranks second on the Bearcats with nine round
trippers. Chris does feel he
possesses some pop in his bat, but he described himself more as a line drive
Playing at Princeton prevents Chris from attending too many Bearcat
baseball games, but he did make it to Marge Schott Stadium to watch UC play
Dartmouth and Wright State. He was impressed with what he saw. "They have a lot of speed and stole a
lot of bases. They also have some
hitters with some good pop. I think
they're getting better each year."
College coaches always have to worry about losing recruits to the Major
League baseball draft, but Chris wasn't expecting that to be the case with
him. "I've talked with some coaches
that think someone may take a chance on me in the late, late rounds, but I'm not
too sure about that."