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Atlanta Braves Sign Minor League Outfielder Gavin Dickey

The Braves added outfield depth for the minor leagues by signing Gavin Dickey to a minor league deal, according to Talking Chop.


Dickey was drafted by the Mariners in the 12th round in 2006. The 5'11" center fielder got off on the wrong foot by hitting .216 in 202 plate appearances for A- Everett in 2006, and despite reaching AA, he never posted decent numbers.


He began playing in the independent leagues in 2009, hitting .336/.382/.469 with one homer and 17 RBI in 124 plate appearances. Dickey strikes out a lot and doesn't walk, but he apparently has good enough speed for 20+ stolen bases and plays center.


Dickey is a former Florida Gator, playing baseball and football in Gainesville, so he appears to be a good athlete with tools. Don't expect him to make an impact, but he gives the Braves depth in the minors. Look for him to get playing time at A+ Lynchburg and AA Mississippi in 2011, but he plays anywhere with good defense and being 27 years old during the season.

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