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Brandon Lee Dickson
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Pitcher Brandon Dickson made his big league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.

Dickson was 5-2 with four saves and a 3.39 ERA as a junior at Tusculum College. After being signed by scout Scott Nichols for the St. Louis Cardinals organization, he made his pro debut with the Johnson City Cardinals in 2006, appearing in 9 games and earning his first pro win against the Pulaski Blue Jays on August 10th. He finished the season 1-0 but with 11 runs in 11 1/3 innings pitched; he did fan 15, though.

With the Swing of the Quad Cities the following summer, he recorded his first professional save on April 10th against the Cedar Rapids Kernels and went on to post an 11-7 mark with a 3.50 ERA in 31 outings. He finished 10h in the Midwest League in ERA. He tied several hurlers for fifth in the MWL in victories.

He began 2008 with the Palm Beach Cardinals and was 7-8 with a 3.51 ERA and one save in 23 games before being promoted to the AA Springfield Cardinals in August for six late-season starts, where he struggled to a 3-2, 6.75 record and a WHIP around 2.00. He spent the 2009 campaign back with Springfield, going 8-10 with a 3.78 ERA in 28 appearances. He tied for fourth in the Texas League in defeats but was also third in ERA among hurlers with 140+ innings.

In 2010, Dickson had a 11-8, 3.23 record for the Memphis Redbirds. He tied for fifth in the 2010 Pacific Coast League in wins, trailing Eric Hacker, Michael Kirkman, Lance Lynn and Clayton Mortensen. His 137 strikeouts were second, four behind Lynn.

He started 2011 back with Memphis and was not as effective as in 2010 (4-7, 3.86, 20 BB in 100 1/3 IP) but got called up when Ryan Franklin was released. In his major league debut on July 2nd, he relieved Trever Miller with a 5-1 deficit, two on and none out. He retired Ben Zobrist on a fly ball, then got Evan Longoria to hit into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play. In the 8th, he retired Matt Joyce and B.J. Upton before being relieved by Raúl Valdés.

After two games in the majors (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R), Dickson was sent down in favor of P.J. Walters.

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