Gavin Dickey rejoins Saltdogs

The Lincoln Saltdogs signed 2010 Player of the Year OF Gavin Dickey and former Marlins farmhand C Mark Wyatt Tuesday.


Dickey had a tremendous season for the ‘Dogs last year, belting a career-high 17 home runs and 55 RBI while leading the club in hits, triples, total bases, and steals to earn an American Association All-Star nod as well as team Player of the Year honors.  The Tallahassee, Fla. native rejoins Lincoln after a brief stint with the Atlanta Braves Class-AA affiliate in Mississippi earlier in 2011.


Dickey played a key role during the Saltdogs championship run in 2009, hitting .336 in 33 games.  The athletic right-hander was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 12th round in 2006.  He played three-and-a-half seasons in the M's organization, reaching Class-AA.


Collegiately, Dickey played both baseball and football – as a quarterback and wide receiver – at Florida for the Gators.  In 2001 he was named Gatorade Player of the Year in the Sunshine State.


Wyatt played one season for the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League after signing with the Florida Marlins in 2009.  The Houston native scored seven runs and drove in three in 11 games for the short-season squad, and threw out four attempted base stealers from behind the plate.


Wyatt starred collegiately at Sam Houston State, earning 2009 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team recognition and helping the Bearkats win multiple league titles.