Back for the September roster expansion and to provide depth out of the bullpen, the 26-year-old has not been used regularly. Dickson will almost assuredly be left off the Cardinals' post-season 25-man roster, but that does not reflect badly upon him.
Dickson built upon a strong 2010 during which he led the Cardinals minor leagues in innings pitched and won 11 games (fourth-most in the system). He ranked third in the Pacific Coast League in ERA (3.23) and second in strikeouts (137 in 167 innings). He was a PCL all-star and following the season, was named The Cardinal Nation Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
This season, Dickson once again led the Memphis Redbirds in innings pitched (157 1/3), had the lowest ERA among full-season starters (3.95) and paced the club in strikeouts (124).
His first call with St. Louis was from June 30 until July 7. Dickson fared well, allowing two hits, two walks and no runs over four total innings. He fanned two. Upon his September return, the right-hander threw 3 1/3 innings on September 1 and a single frame on the 5th. That was his last appearance as manager Tony La Russa relied on veteran arms to help fuel his team's improbable comeback. Dickson ended with a 3.24 ERA and a 7:3 strikeout to walk ratio over his first 8 1/3 MLB innings.
All told, it has been an exciting year for Dickson. I recently spoke with him about it.
This is the fourth of a series of quick interviews with the Cardinals end-of-year additions from Memphis.
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