About Dykstra... One of the top power threats in the country... has an advanced approach at the plate and a great feel for the strike zone... approaching the Wake Forest career walks record... appears on the Brooks Wallace Award preseason watch list... named a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball... spent the summer of 2007 with the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod League... named to the Cape Cod All-Star team as a designated hitter... finished third in the league in RBIs and on-base percentage and eighth in batting average... named the 16th best prospect on the Cape by Baseball America... drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 34th round of the 2005 MLB Draft -- only Demon Deacon in that class drafted... majoring in business... son of Randy & Cathy Dykstra.
In 2007... Named second team All-ACC and to the All-ACC Academic Team... selected as a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist... included on the midseason watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award... finished among the ACC leaders in home runs (18, t-1st), walks (57, 3rd), slugging percentage (.615, 5th), on-base percentage (.479, 5th), RBIs (60, 7th) and total bases (139, 8th)... his 32 RBIs in conference play led the ACC, while his 30 walks were second... started all 63 games for the Deacons, playing every out of the season at first base... reached base safely in 60 of the 63 games and had a hit in all but 18 games last season... had 21 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games... tied the school single-season record for walks.
In 2006... Named ACC Rookie of the Year... tabbed a Freshman All-American by Rivals.com, Louisville Slugger and Baseball America... selected to the 2006 Dick Howser Trophy Watch List, awarded annually to the top player in collegiate baseball by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)... named National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and Louisville Slugger for the week of April 3 after going 11-for-14 (.786) with five home runs and 11 RBIs in a seven-day span... named to the 2006 Pepsi Baseball Classic All-Tournament team... led the Demon Deacons in slugging percentage (.670), on-base percentage (.479), RBIs (56), home runs (15), walks (51), sacrifice flies (9) and tied for the team-high in games played (55) and started (55)... led the ACC in OPS, slugging percentage and was tied for the lead in sacrifice flies and ranked second in home runs, third in walks and tied for third in on-base percentage... set an ACC record with 29 putouts in the Deacs' 20-inning game against Florida State on May 6... named to the All-ACC Academic Team.
Prior to Wake Forest... Started at Rancho Bernardo HS since his sophomore season... helped perennial powerhouse to the Palomar League Championship and a second-place finish in the CIF playoffs... ended the year with a record of 27-6 and a national ranking of #20 (USA Today) and #23 (Baseball America)... one of only 30 players in the country selected to the 18-and-under Junior National Team in 2004... had the highest batting average and on-base percentage and second-highest slugging percentage in the USA Tournament of Stars in Joplin, Missouri... attended the Perfect Game Western Underclass Showcase where he was named the No. 2 Top Prospect... scored a 1330 on his SAT and ranked 27th in his class of 725 with a 4.1 grade point average.