CURVE, Pa. - Altoona Curve outfielder Alex Dickerson has been named the Eastern League Player of the Month for the month of July, the league announced today. During the month in 26 games, Dickerson batted an off-the-charts .413 (43-for-104) with 10 doubles, six home runs, 27 RBI and 23 runs scored. He was named the Eastern League Player of the Week two times during the month of July as well.
He led the league in nearly every offensive category during the month of July, pacing the league in average (.413), runs scored (23), hits (43), extra-base hits (16), total bases (71), RBI (27), slugging percentage (.683) and OPS (1.123).
The Poway, Calif. native began the month batting .251 before finishing the month 26 games later with an average of an even .300, the highest it had been since it was .308 on April 11. He also started the month in the midst of a six-game RBI streak that started on June 29 and ran through July 5 (eight RBI total).
He turned in 14 multi-hit games in July, including two four-hit days nearly 14 days apart. The slugging outfielder also enjoyed a season-best nine-game hitting streak during the month from July 13-23 where he hit .486 (17-for-35) with five straight multi-hit efforts to start the streak.
A trip to New Hampshire for the final weekend of the month put a ribbon on the terrific stint for the right fielder. After going 0-for-7 to start the series in Manchester, Dickerson went on a tear to drive in a career-high eight runs on July 26 while going 3-for-6 (two doubles, one homer). The eight RBI tied a Curve franchise high that was set back in 2010 by OF Alex Presley and it was Dickerson's second game with seven or more RBI this season.
For an encore, Dickerson came out the next night (July 27) and went a perfect 4-for-4 with four singles, three runs scored and a hit by a pitch.
As of today, Dickerson is among the Eastern League leaders in average (.297, 8th), doubles (31, 1st), extra-base hits (48, 1st), total bases (188, 4th) and slugging percentage (.516, 3rd). His 15 home runs are tied for the team lead while his 62 RBI are a team-best.
Since June 1, Dickerson has hit .351 (74-for-211) with 32 extra-base hits (10 doubles, 12 homers), 47 RBI and 41 runs scored in 56 games. That average is third-best in all of Double-A as of Monday.
Dickerson was selected by the Pirates in the third round of the 2011 draft following his junior season at Indiana University. Last season, he was named the Florida State League Player of the Year for his season with High-A Bradenton.
Altoona (53-59) enjoys an off day today before opening up a four-game series in Binghamton on Tuesday night at 5:35 p.m. with a doubleheader. The Curve return home Friday at 7 p.m. night to open up a six-game homestand with first-place Harrisburg. For tickets and more information on the upcoming homestand, call 877.99.CURVE, visit AltoonaCurve.com or stop by the ticket windows at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
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