The Cincinnati Reds acquired third baseman Brandon Dixon in a three-team swap back in December of 2015. The trade sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox who was a mainstay at the hot corner for the Reds. Where Dixon might not have been the centerpiece in that trade, Cincinnati did get themselves a quality player.
His first stop in the Reds organization was with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the Southern League. In 118 games at the Double-A level, Dixon hit .260 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI. He was invited to play in the Arizona Fall League with the Peoria Javelinas and definitely made a name for himself. He played 16 games in the fall and ended up hitting .333, with nine of his 20 hits going for extra bases.
Dixon would be assigned to the Louisville Bats to start the 2017 season. He appeared in 124 games and hit .264 which is slightly above his career average. Dixon led all of the third baseman in the International League in home runs with 16. He was third in RBI (64), top five in On Base Percentage (.327), first in Slugging (.457), and first in OPS (.783) among his peers at third base.
He was an original draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Arizona. Dixon found his way in his junior year when he hit .369, over one hundred points higher than his sophomore year. After his season was over the Dodgers assigned him to Great Lakes of the Midwest League.
When playing a full season, Dixon is pretty consistent as far as his offensive output. The plan for him isn’t certain due to top prospect Nick Senzel who could be knocking on the door after finishing in Double-A, but the Reds have a serviceable bat in Dixon. He didn’t have the best of seasons at third defensively, but he did spend some time playing at first and in the outfield. If he continues to grow he could find himself playing in the major leagues at some point next season.
Congratulations to Brandon Dixon on being name CNYB Top Offensive Performer at third base.