The Pirates acquired Corey Dickerson, who may be baseball's best bad-ball hitter
While going outside the zone to get batters to chase may work most of the time, there's really no use of doing it against recent Pirates acquisition Corey Dickerson.
TRADE: Pirates acquire OF Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for pitcher Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash considerations. pic.twitter.com/evvi5sMQkV- Pirates (@Pirates) February 22, 2018
The 2017 All-Star outfielder may be baseball's best hitter against pitches out of the zone -- almost as if he prefers the ball there. He led the Majors in hits on pitches out of the zone last season with 56, with the next closest being Ender Inciarte with 52 and Jose Altuve, with 49. If you forgot, Altuve just won the MVP.
But Dickerson doesn't just have the ability to lace weak singles on pitches outside of the zone -- as he did here:
He can drive the ball with power, too. When pitchers go low, Dickerson can take them high ... and deep:
OK, but surely if he can hit the low ball, he can't also hit the high ball, right? Ha. Dickerson's bat is a mighty beast:
Somehow, even when fooled with an off-speed pitch, he managed to lash at it and get a base hit:
Don't even try to throw the ball way off the plate, either. He'll flick his bat at it like a frog grabbing a fly and take extra bases:
Sure, sitting back and waiting for your pitch is fine -- for some players. But strikes? Where Dickerson's going (Pittsburgh, now), he doesn't need strikes.