BaseballAmerica:(rated #9 in Mississippi)
Deshun Dixon has quite a legacy to live up to. His older brother Rashun plays in the Athletics system, while older brothers Antwon and Anthony play college football at Midwestern (Texas) State and Mississippi State. The youngest of the family, Deshun may have drawn the short straw athletically. He's shorter and not as physical as his brothers and lacks explosiveness as a hitter. He's an above-average runner but at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, he's not a burner and is a tweener offensively. On the mound, Dixon has flashed an average fastball but pitched in the 80s most of the year. He has hand speed and a solid breaking ball, and his arm works. He got better as the season went on, leading Terry High to the state finals, but wasn't expected to be picked with a single-digit pick or to approach brother Rashun's $600,000 signing bonus.
Deshun Dixon is an athletic two-way player from Terry High School in Terry, Mississippi, a small town about 15 miles southwest of Jackson. Dixon’s family is rich in athletic bloodlines, both in football and in baseball. One of his brothers, Anthony Dixon, was a sixth round pick in the NFL Draft this April as a running back out of Mississippi State, while another brother, Rashun, is a baseball prospect in the Oakland system. He also has a third brother who plays Division II football. Needless to say, Deshun is athletic. His speed is above-average to plus, with plus being the most common grade. He utilizes that speed well on the basepaths, and he projects to be a leadoff hitter at the next level. His bat is a little behind his athleticism, but he does project to be an average to above-average hitter, though his pitch recognition skills are currently weak, and he’ll have to overcome that learning curve to be successful in the minors. He doesn’t project for much power, as he’s more of a spray hitter, which is more conducive to his body size and strengths. Defensively, he’s a rare left-handed thrower, as he hits right-handed. His glove projects to be about average, though his routes are currently raw. His arm is plus, though, which leads to his pitching. He offers solid upside on the mound, featuring an above-average fastball from the left side, sitting 87-91, along with a fringe-average curve in the 73-75 mph range and below-average changeup in the low-80s. He offers more upside in the field, but some teams might prefer his fastball velocity on the mound. Dixon doesn’t currently have a college commitment, which is viewed as a negative, and he’s slipped this spring to the eighth to fifteenth round range, and he is expected to head to a junior college if he’s picked in that range.