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Dickson named to Premier12 All-World Team

Dickson named to Premier12 All-World Team

TOKYO --- Former Tusculum University pitcher Brandon Dickson was named to the All-World Team by the World Baseball Softball Confederation following the completion of the Premier12 on Sunday.  The U.S. finished the tournament in fourth place with a 4-4 record.

Joining Dickson on the All-World Team from Team USA were first baseman Bobby Dalbec, catcher Erik Kratz and designated hitter Brent Rooker.  The United States' four selections were the most by any nation on the All-World Team.

Dickson finished tied for the tournament lead with three saves. He struck out two or more batters in each of his five appearances and tied for the team-lead with 11 total strikeouts in the Premier12.

Dickson has been one of the top pitchers in the Nippon Professional League in Japan for the past seven seasons with the Orix Buffaloes. He logged a 3.33 earned run average in six years as a starter and posted 18 saves this past season after moving to the bullpen.

The Montgomery, Alabama native has 14 professional seasons under his belt, including the first seven within the St. Louis Cardinals organization, which signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Tusculum in 2006.

Dickson played two separate stints with St. Louis in 2011 and again in 2012.  He appeared in eight games for St. Louis, posting a 4.91 ERA in his 14.2 innings of work with no decisions.  He posted 13 strikeouts and made his lone major league start on Sept. 1, 2011, against the Milwaukee Brewers.

In his only season at Tusculum in 2006, Dickson went 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA. His 24 mound appearances are tied for the second most in a season at Tusculum and earned South Atlantic Conference All-Tournament honors.

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