After a big fall showing in the Arizona Fall League in 2016 where he OPS’d .979 for Peoria, the Cincinnati Reds promoted Brandon Dixon to Triple-A Louisville to begin the 2017 season. The first week of the season didn’t exactly go well for Dixon, who split his time between 1st and 3rd base during April. He went just 5-26 (.192) in six games. The second week didn’t go much better, hitting .200 in six more games. In the final week of the month it was more of the game for Dixon as he went just 3-19 (.158). April was a very tough month as he hit just .185/.229/.338 with four walks and 20 strikeouts in 71 plate appearances.
With a bad April behind him, Brandon Dixon got things going right in the first week of May. He went 9-20 with two doubles, a triple and a home run in those six games. Things slowed down a little in the next week for the infielder, but he added another double and two more home runs, slugging .542 on the week. The final two weeks of May saw big regression despite significantly lowering his strikeout rate in that span, as he OPS’d just .510 in the final 15 games. Overall May was a step in the right direction as Dixon hit .261/.323/.443 with seven walks and 24 strikeouts in 99 plate appearances.
June got out to a torrid start for Brandon Dixon. In seven games he hit .286 with eight walks, a double and two home runs. That was good for an OPS of 1.102 in 29 plate appearances. The next two weeks saw limited time on the field for the infielder who only played in seven games. Things slowed down from where they were the first week, but still saw Dixon hit .259/.333/.407 in that span. He finished up the final seven games of the month by hitting .308 with a home run. June was a big step forward in several areas for Dixon, who spent all but four games at third (three in left field, and one as a DH). In 87 plate appearances he hit .284/.391/.473 with 12 walks and 19 strikeouts. Dixon also had seven steals in the month.
The month of July got out to a slow start for Brandon Dixon, hitting just .238 in the first week. Things went a little better the next week as he hit .333 for the Bats with just one strikeout. Dixon carried that strong week forward for the next three games, but then went 0-12 to finish the week out. The final week was one of the strongest of the year as Dixon crushed four home runs while hitting .296/.375/.741. Building off of a strong June, it was another good month in July with an OPS of .805 in 101 plate appearances.
August got out to an ugly start for Brandon Dixon, hitting just .190 with no extra-base hits. The second week went a little better for the infielder, who hit .263 with two doubles and two walks. The season rounded out very well for Dixon in the final three weeks as he carried a hot bat down the stretch. In 88 plate appearances he hit .325 with 10 doubles, a triple and four home runs. Three of those home runs, including seven RBI, came on the 20th at home against Rochester. That final run led to a .293/.338/.504 mark from August 1st through the end of the season on September 4th.
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Brandon Dixon Scouting Report
Hitting | Brandon Dixon uses the entire field, and he can hit the ball hard to all fields. But, his strikeout rate doesn’t let his raw hit tool play up, which could be average, but plays below-average.
Power | There’s real pop in his bat with above-average power potential and average power right now.
Running | Despite his size, Brandon Dixon has above-average speed.
Arm | His arm is fringe-average.
Defense | Brandon Dixon is a guy who has played almost everywhere over the last few years defensively. He may profile best at second or third base, but he doesn’t really stick out anywhere defensively.
Brandon Dixon has some tools that make him enticing. He’s got some good pop in his bat, there’s some speed to work with and he’s capable of playing a little bit of defense at a lot of different positions. His strikeout rate improved in 2017, but it’s still higher than you would like to see. He will be 26-years-old during the season, so it’s unlikely that Dixon will break into a starting role at the big league level. But, with a small improvement in contact rate he could be a real interesting bench player who can cover you at five positions between the infield and outfield, while providing some value with the bat and on the bases.