Became a Cardinal
Signed as a non-drafted free agent on August 10, 2006.
Logged a Memphis-high 157 1/3 innings pitched. Though he only won eight games, he often lacked offensive support as evidenced by his solid ERA of 3.95. Dickson struck out a Memphis-best 124. He kept runners of the bases as evidenced by his WHIP of 1.28, lowest among Redbirds starters by a considerable margin. Dickson made his MLB debut with St. Louis on July 2 and rejoined the Major League club in September, as well.
Led Memphis' starters in innings, ERA and FIP. His 3.23 ERA was fourth in the Cardinals' system among qualifiers. He had the best groundball rate on the staff as well as the fewest home runs allowed. His strikeout total of 137 was just four off the system lead and his win total off 11 was fourth-best in the organization.
Dickson was Springfield's workhorse, tossing a team-leading 147 2/3 innings. Went 8-10 with a 3.78 ERA in 28 games, including 20 starts for the Double-A club.
Dickson was promoted to Springfield at the end of July after posting a 7-8 record with one save and an ERA of 3.51 at Palm Beach. At the Double-A level he struggled, going 3-2 with 6.75 ERA in six games. Opposing batters in the Texas League hit .347 against the right-hander.
His 3.50 ERA ranked 10th-lowest in the Midwest League. He appeared in the Midwest League All-Star game, pitching two-thirds of an inning, giving up one hit and no runs.
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Top Prospect #32: 2012
Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week: 8/1-7/11
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year: 2010
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Memphis Redbirds Pitcher of the Year: 2010, 2011, 2012
Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week: 08/23-29/10
Cardinals organization Pitcher of the Month, June 2010
Pacific Coast League All-Star, 2010, 2012
Scout.com Cardinals Class-A Starter of the Year 2007
Midwest League All-Star 2007