Sept. 8, 2014
EASTON, Pa. – The Friends of Lafayette Baseball were able to catch up with former Lafayette Leopard baseball player Ian Dickson ’12 on Friday, August 29th in Wilmington, DE. The Friends of Lafayette Baseball sat down with Ian prior to the game. Chasing the Dream will look at Lafayette Baseball players in the minors and focus on their stories. Follow their stories and their dreams as we interview them from time to time as they progress through the minors. We hope you enjoy.
Ian had the honors of starting on the mound for the Potomac Nationals on Friday night. The Potomac Nationals are the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals in the Carolina League. The Potomac Nationals clinched a 2014 Second-Half Carolina League Northern Division Championship earlier in the week, leaving the team priming up for the playoffs. In Ian’s two previous starts, he threw a combined 14 innings of shutout baseball with 13 strikeouts while only allowing 1 hit.
On this Friday night, Ian locked up in a pitcher’s duel with Wilmington Blue Rock LHP pitcher Sean Manaea. The pitcher’s duel lasted throughout the contest, and in the first five frames neither club pushed across a run. Nationals Ian Dickson was brilliant as the righty put 6.2 innings under his belt before his departure from the mound. Dickson struck out seven, gave up five base knocks and walked none. Winning pitcher Sean Manaea was sparkling through 7.0 scoreless innings in which the dominant southpaw allowed just three singles. Manaea fanned a season-high 12 men without walking a single batter.
Dickson extended his scoreless innings streak to 19.0 innings in the tough luck loss, his ninth of the campaign. The first run of the game for Wilmington scored in the 7th frame after a leadoff triple was swept just fair along the third base line by the Blue Rock’s second baseman, who scored on an high-bouncing RBI fielder’s choice chopper to Potomac 2B Tony Renda off the bat of SS Raul Mondesi. It appeared Renda had Lopez caught well off the third base bag when he checked on the runner in scoring position but then opted to throw to first base. When Renda threw the ball, Lopez broke for the plate and laid out headfirst to come into the dish safe as the throw from 1B John Wooten was late to the plate. A perfect throw from Wooten would still have made it a “bang-bang” play at home plate.
Ian Dickson signed a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs, who selected him in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June 2011. Dickson declined his remaining eligibility at Lafayette and first reported to the Chicago Cubs rookie-level team in Boise, ID. June 2013, the Washington Nationals traded for MLB right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for the right-handed Dickson. Ian is currently playing with the Potomac Nationals in the High A+ Carolina League.Ian Dickson was the first Leopard to be drafted since Jeff Antolick ’93, who was the New York Yankees’ 15th-round selection in 1992. The right-handed pitcher advanced to the Class AA level, playing for the Norwich Navigators in the 1995 season. The last Lafayette student-athlete to play in an MLB-affiliated league was Ted Gjeldum ’07. Gjeldum signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Royals in 2007 and played one season of advanced rookie ball in the Appalachian League.