Brandon Dickson
Dickson with the Orix Buffaloes
Free Agents
Pitcher
Born: (1984-11-03) November 3, 1984 (age 36)
Montgomery, Alabama
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 2, 2011, for the St. Louis Cardinals
NPB: March 31, 2013, for the Orix Buffaloes
MLB statistics
(through September 3, 2021)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average5.94
Strikeouts14
NPB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Win–loss record49–58
Earned run average3.32
Strikeouts673
Saves34
Holds10
Teams
Medals

Brandon Lee Dickson (born November 3, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB) He previously played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Orix Buffaloes.[1]

Career

St. Louis Cardinals

Dickson pitching for the Swing of the Quad Cities in 2007
Dickson pitching for the Swing of the Quad Cities in 2007

Dickson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006,[1] after attending Tusculum College.[2] In 2006, playing for the New Market Rebels in the Valley Baseball League, Dickson had a league-leading and franchise record 13 saves, and led the league in wins, going 5-0 in 26 relief appearances.[3] He made his professional debut with the Johnson City Cardinals.

In 2007, with Single-A Quad Cities, Dickson‘s statline included an 11–7 win–loss record, with one save, and a 3.50 earned run average (ERA), in 31 games pitched (23 as a starting pitcher), covering 144 innings.[4] He split the 2008 season between the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals and the Double-A Springfield Cardinals, posting a 10-10 record and 4.17 ERA in 29 appearances. In 2009, with Springfield, Dickson was 8–10, with a 3.78 ERA, 28 games (20 starts), in 147+23 innings.[4] In 2010, Dickson pitched for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, and went 11–8 with a 3.23 ERA, in 28 games (27 starts), covering 167 innings.[4] In 2011, Dickson was invited to his first major league spring training, but did not make the big league club; he was assigned to Triple-A Memphis to begin the season.[5]

Dickson’s contract was purchased by the Cardinals from Memphis on June 30, 2011, to fill the roster spot created by Ryan Franklin's release the previous day, and he was promoted to the major leagues for the first time.[6] Dickson made his major league debut on July 2,[1] against the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching a perfect 1+23 innings in relief.[7] In his rookie season, Dickson posted a 0–0 record, with a 3.24 ERA, in four games (one game started).[1] He spent the majority of the 2012 season in Memphis, but appeared in 4 major league game for the Cardinals, logging a 7.11 ERA with 6 strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. Dickson was released by the Cardinals organization on November 19, 2012.[1]

Orix Buffaloes

On December 27, 2012, Dickson signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).[8] For the 2013 season, Dickson pitched to an 8-8 record and 2.77 ERA in 23 appearances. The next year, Dickson logged a 9-10 record and 3.33 ERA in 26 games for Orix. In 2015, Dickson pitched in 20 games for the Buffaloes, posting a 9-9 record and 2.48 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 130.2 innings pitched.

On September 27, 2015, Dickson signed a one-year extension to remain with the Buffaloes.[9] For the 2016 season, Dickson recorded a 9-11 record and 4.36 ERA with 139 strikeouts in 171.1 innings of work. In 2017, he pitched to a 8-9 record and 3.24 ERA in 25 games. On September 5, 2017, Dickson signed a one-year extension to remain with the Buffaloes.[10] For the 2018 season, Dickson registered a 4-6 record and 3.55 ERA with 84 strikeouts in 99.0 inings pitched. In 2019, Dickson pitched to a 2-1 record with a 3.03 ERA and 18 saves in 37 appearances out of the bullpen.

With the conclusion of the 2019 season — Dickson’s seventh year with the NPB Buffaloes — he had an overall record of 49-55, with 18 saves, and a 3.26 ERA.[4] In 882+23 innings pitched, Dickson recorded 661 strikeouts.[4] On December 20, 2019, Dickson signed a one-year extension to remain with the Buffaloes.[11] In 2020 with Orix, Dickson logged a 0-4 record and 3.28 ERA with 16 saves in 39 appearances.

For the 2021 season, Dickson was unlikely to make it to Japan, as the Japanese government was not issuing new visas and his family could not accompany him.[12] On May 20, 2021, the Buffaloes released Dickson.[13]

St. Louis Cardinals (second stint)

On June 14, 2021, Dickson signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals organization and was assigned to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.[14][15] Dickson made 11 appearances for Memphis, going 1-0 with a 9.58 ERA and five strikeouts. On September 1, 2021, Dickson's contract was selected by the Cardinals. [16] On September 18, 2021, the Cardinals released Dickson. [17]

International career

On October 10, 2019, Dickson was selected to play with the United States national baseball team at the 2019 WBSC Premier 12.[18] He tied for the tournament lead in the tournament with Japan national baseball team’s Yasuaki Yamasaki, with three saves,[19] and was named the best reliever in the tournament.[20]

In May 2021, Dickson was named to the roster of the national team for qualifying for baseball at the 2020 Summer Olympics.[21] After the team qualified, he was named to the Olympics roster on July 2.[22] The team went on to win silver, falling to Japan in the gold-medal game.[23]

Awards and honors

References

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  2. ^ Walton, Brian (June 5, 2007). "Six Swing Named Midwest League All-Stars". scout.com. Scout. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
  3. ^ Walton, Brian (August 9, 2006). "Cardinals Pick "Cotton" Dickson". scout.com. Scout. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
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  5. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=dickso001bra
  6. ^ Leach, Matthew (June 30, 2011). "Dickson's callup just what the doctor ordered". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on July 3, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "Cardinals vs. Rays Box Score". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. July 2, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "ディクソン投手、ロッティーノ選手 獲得のお知らせ". オリックスバファローズ公式サイト (in Japanese). December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "ブランドン・ディクソン投手 契約締結のお知らせ". オリックスバファローズ 公式サイト (in Japanese). September 27, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
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  13. ^ "Nikkan Sports baseball news オリックスがディクソンをウエーバー公示、新規ビザ停止で家族と来日できず". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). May 20, 2021. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
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  18. ^ "USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster". usabaseball.com. USA Baseball. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  19. ^ "Touranent Pitching Stats". premier12.wbsc.org. WBSC Premier 12. 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  20. ^ "Japan's Seiya Suzuki leads amazing All World Team". premier12.wbsc.org. WBSC Premier 12. November 17, 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  21. ^ "Team USA Announces Olympic Qualifying Roster". usabaseball.com. May 30, 2021. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  22. ^ "USA Baseball announces Olympics roster". MLB.com. July 2, 2021. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  23. ^ "Baseball/Softball - United States vs Japan - Gold Medal Game Results". olympics.com. August 7, 2021. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
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