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May 16, 2014

Painting the Black

Bullish on Dozier

by R.J. Anderson


Most of the time, prospects conform to their scouting reports. Those who don't are the interesting ones.

Brian Dozier did something noteworthy last year by hitting more home runs in a single MLB season (18) than he had throughout his minor-league career (16). It's not too rare of an accomplishment; Dozier's teammate Joe Mauer has done it a few times. Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout have done it. Even Jose Bautista, who homered 53 times during his stints on various farms, pulled it off with his 54-jack effort in 2010. There are exceptions, but the common profile is a young player who dashes through the minors en route to a successful big-league career; in fewer words: a high-quality prospect.

Dozier is one of those exceptions. Drafted in the eighth round in 2009, by way of the University of Southern Mississippi, Dozier was a skills-over-sizzle type. It wasn't until 2011 when he began to feel the embrace of the prospect community, though expectations remained tempered. Scouts liked Dozier's quick bat and his mature approach, but were less endeared by his arm and athleticism, which they felt excluded him from playing on the left side of the infield. Dozier was a second baseman, and second basemen, save for Darwin Barney, have to hit to survive.

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