Portland, Maine -- The Eastern League of Professional Baseball is pleased to announce Altoona Curve outfielder Alex Dickerson has been selected as the 2013 Eastern League Rookie of the Year.
Dickerson is making his Double-A debut with Altoona this season after hitting .295 with 31 doubles, 13 homers and 90 RBIs and being selected as a Florida State League All-Star as a member of the Bradenton Marauders last season. The 23-year old is batting .284 (126-for-443) with 36 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, 65 RBI, 60 runs scored, 10 steals, a .332 on-base percentage and a .488 slugging percentage in 124 games for the Curve this season. Dickerson, who is a native of Poway, California, currently ranks second in the league in doubles (36) and is also among the league leaders in extra-base hits (55-tied third), slugging percentage (.488-tied fourth), total bases (216-sixth), OPS (.820-ninth) and batting average (.284-10th).
The 6-foot-3, 235 lb. slugger was selected as an outfielder on the recently announced Eastern League All-Star Team and was the Eastern League Player of the Month for the month of July after hitting .413 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 26 games. He was also a two-time winner of the Eastern League Player of the Week Award for the periods of July 8- 14 and July 22-28.
Dickerson was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 2011 Draft after hitting .367 (79-for-215) with 10 doubles, nine home runs, 49 RBIs, 33 runs scored and a .540 slugging percentage in 54 games during his senior season at Indiana University.
Binghamton Mets outfielder Cesar Puello finished second in the voting for the Rookie of the Year Award and New Britain Rock Cats catcher Josmil Pinto finished in third place. The award was voted on by respective Eastern League managers and media members.