Andy Lopez wishes he had some great story on why Brandon Dixon is having such a strong start to the season.
He would love to tell a tale about how he and his junior third baseman spent hours in the batting cages working together.
But it’s actually much less complicated than that and — and the Arizona Wildcats’ longtime coach has nothing to do it.
“It sounds too simple, but he had Lasik surgery in the offseason and he became a different hitter,” Lopez said. “He had a tough time reading the spin of the ball, and the results are just mind-boggling.”
Dixon enters tonight’s Pac-12 opener against Oregon State at Hi Corbett Field boasting a team-high .466 batting average through 20 games. The junior also leads the UA in runs (31), extra-base hits (12) and stolen bases (17). His 26 RBIs are second on the team. Dixon belted two home runs in Tuesday’s win over Butler at Hi Corbett.
Dixon opted for surgery following a frustrating 2012 season. He was slated to be the Wildcats’ starting first baseman last year, but couldn’t hold onto the spot. Dixon batted .245 in 155 at-bats while playing the short end of a platoon with Joe Maggi.
Read more about Dixon in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.