ROUND ROCK -- Brandon Dickson threw one-third of an inning of scoreless relief in this year's Triple-A All-Star Game, marking his third Minor League midseason classic appearance.
"The first [Pacific Coast League All-Star Game] it rained the whole time," Dickson said. "This time I actually got to experience being there and enjoy the atmosphere."
Dickson, who is 4-8 with a 3.58 ERA with Triple-A Memphis, replaced teammate Barret Browning on the PCL roster after Browning was called up to the big league club June 30. Signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2006, Dickson has thrown two scoreless innings in his three All-Star game appearances. He says being passed up in the First-Year Player Draft six years ago once served as motivation for him but not anymore.
"I wanted to prove that I'm just as good and can do what these guys can do, just without the big signing bonus," Dickson said. "Now, I feel like that's all in the past. I don't feel like that's the case anymore. I feel like they know what I bring to the table. It's a completely different scenario now that I've got a couple years in the system and these guys know what I have."
Dickson spent two weeks with the Cardinals in May, throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings over two outings. It was his first big league appearance since 2011, when he posted a 3.24 ERA, seven strikeouts and three walks in 8 1/3 innings.
In his seven starts since being optioned back to Triple-A Memphis, he is 2-4 with a 3.76 ERA.
"It's hard to look at wins and losses when your team hasn't been playing all that great," Dickson said. "I feel like, for the most part, the team's had a chance when I came out of the ballgame. I want to go deep in the game and give my guys a chance. I feel like, despite the losing record, I've given them that opportunity."