SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It could be said that Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson is already making a positive impression in Spring Training, with a hit in Thursday's intrasquad game followed by two hits, including a two-run double, and two runs scored Friday in an 11-0 Cactus League-opening victory over the D-backs.
But for Rockies manager Walt Weiss, Dickerson's fast start to 2014 is simply a reminder.
"There's not a lot to change for 'Dickie,'" Weiss said. "He's one of those guys that can hit under water. He's very aggressive in the box, and he can hit. He's always going to hit."
Called up twice last season for his first big league stints totaling 69 games, Dickerson hit .263 but made the hits count with a .459 slugging percentage, five home runs, five triples and 13 doubles. He came to camp this year with more muscle and feels faster after working with a sprint coach on his jumps. As a result, he is turning heads in his pursuit of starts in center field.
Dickerson actually entered Friday's game in left, replacing Carlos Gonzalez. But he wants to show he can hit under any circumstance.
"I feel aggressive; my timing feels really good," Dickerson said. "I'm being very patient and trying to relax out there. Working hard in the offseason is paying off early on in camp."