What seemed at first as a simple transaction has provided some strength to the middle of the Great Lakes Loons lineup.
On May 2 outfielder James Baldwin went on the disabled list with an oblique injury, making the Loons call-up first baseman O'Koyea Dickson who was nursing a hand injury in extended spring training.
"I'm just trying to come out every day, work hard and have fun," Dickson said. "I'm just excited to get the chance to play baseball, just trying to make the most of it."
He has certainly made the most of it early on in Midland, Mich.
In his first 13 games with the team he has batted .370 with eight RBI, six walks, five doubles and two home runs. In his first game against Lansing he went two-for-four with three RBI, a home run and three runs scored.
"He's done a great job in the middle of our lineup as the four man," said manager John Shoemaker. "He's a good right handed power hitter, we got a lot of lefties, and he's a tough out."
Dickson was a tough out in college as well.
He the College of San Mateo to consecutive league titles before transferring to Sonoma State and leading them to a Division Two National Tournament appearance with 11 home runs, second best in the CCAA.
After one season at SSU Dickson was drafted in the 12th round (374th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers and has made his way up to Low Class-A with the Loons after batting .333 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in Ogden.
"I decided to go to Sonoma State after two years of community college and I'm just trying to make an impact everywhere I go," Dickson said.
Dickson has had success everywhere for the Loons.
He has quickly adjusted to the Midwest League and has shown after starting his stint the Loons on an 11-game road trip.
After a starting with a team on a road trip like that, even playing at home in Dow Diamond could feel like a road game.
"I just have to not worry about the atmosphere and play baseball," Dickson said. "It's a big league atmosphere up here, I'm really enjoying it a lot and I'm glad to be up in Midland that's for sure."
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