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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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