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Hunter Dozier

Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals
Hunter Dozier
Name: Hunter William Dozier
Born: Aug 22, 1991 in Denton, TX
High School: Denton (Texas) HS
College: Stephen F. Austin State
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (8th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2013 (signed for $2,200,000)
Stephen F. Austin produced just one player selected above the 13th round in the first 48 drafts, and now Dozier should easily surpass Bryson Myles (sixth round, 2011) as the highest pick in school history. Scouts describe him as a Jeff Kent-style player in a Drew Stubbs body. Dozier has adjusted his approach this spring, abandoning a crouch and standing more upright, allowing him to use his hands better in his swing. He's also doing a better job of managing the strike zone and with a month to go before the draft, he was hitting .404 and ranked fourth in NCAA Division I in doubles (22), homers (14) and slugging (.770). Dozier carries a lot of strength in his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame, and the righty slugger has exceptional power to the opposite field. He could hit 20-25 homers annually in the big leagues. Dozier also moves well for his size and may be able to stay at shortstop for a while, though he'll lack the quickness to play there in the big leagues. He has close to average speed and moves well enough to be an asset at third base and possibly at second. His arm isn't in question, as he showed a 91-93 mph fastball in relief appearances a year ago.
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