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Dickie Dixon spotted ball, made high-A: Baseball Profiles

Dickie Dixon 1990 Elizabethton Twins card

Elizabethton Twin hurler Dickie Dixon gave up a lot of hits, 10, this night in July 1990, but he also prevented most from scoring, The Johnson City Press wrote.

He got the win by working ahead of hitters and keeping them off guard, The Press wrote.

"I felt I spotted the ball well on some pitches," Dixon told The Press. "I got ahead in the count and that was the biggest key."

Dixon had that outing in his first season as a pro. He went on to see four campaigns in all. He topped out at high-A.

Dixon's career began that year in 1990, taken by the Twins in the 27th round of the draft out of the University of Mississippi. Dixon was also sometimes credited by his given name, Roger Dixon.

At Mississippi as a freshman in 1988, Dixon threw a three-hitter and struck out 11 in a game, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger wrote.

"We got what the doctor ordered," Mississippi head coach Jake Gibbs told The Clarion-Ledger afterward. "Dickie pitched a heck of a game."

With the Twins, Dixon started at rookie Elizabethton. He went 7-2 over 13 starts, with a 2.79 ERA. He moved to single-A Kenosha for 1991 and went 7-7, with a 3.59 ERA.

Dixon arrived at high-A Visalia for 1992 and went 12-6, with a 4.73 ERA. Going into 1993, Dixon had hopes of making AA Nashville, in his hometown.

"I'm not overpowering, but I'm left-handed and my pitches have good movement," Dixon explained to The Nashville Tennessean that March. "It would be great to play in Nashville, and if I can cut down my walks, I think I've got a decent shot."

Dixon instead played the year at high-A Fort Myers. He went 4-12, with a 4.21 ERA. He played one more season, with Lafayette in the Great Central League in 1994 to end his career.

Dickie Dixon 1990 Elizabethton Twins card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,385
Made the Majors:1,413-32.2
Never Made Majors:2,972-67.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:575
10+ Seasons in the Minors:354

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