Player: Hunter Dozier
Drafted by: Kansas City Royals (No. 8 Overall)
DOB: 8/22/1991 (Age: 21)
Height/Weight: 6’4”/220 lbs
School: Stephen F. Austin
Previously Drafted: N/A
Due to his early success as a two-sport star (quarterback), Dozier was only lightly recruited as a baseball player and went undrafted out of high school. Three years later, the 6’4”, 220-pounder has asserted himself as one of the top college infielders in this year’s class thanks to his combination of size, athleticism and powerful right-handed bat.
Although he plays for a smaller school (Stephen F. Austin), Dozier’s performance this spring has undoubtedly boosted his draft stock, as the right-hander batted .396/.482/.755 with 25 doubles, 17 home runs, 12 stolen bases and 35/34 K/BB in 55 games.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Previously hit from a crouched position; employs a more upright setup that allows him to get his hands extended; plus bat speed; comfortable using the entire field; vastly improved approach over the last year; strong forearms; may struggle against good velocity on the inner half; swing features ideal combination of lower-half strength and hands.
Underrated power that really stands out in this year’s draft class; physically strong at 6’4”, 220 pounds; above-average-to-plus power potential; has showcased more pop the other way this spring; easy power to the pull side; crushes mistakes.
Weakest tool; average at best runner; speed tends to play up due to overall athleticism and strong instincts; moves well on both sides of the ball.
Athleticism has allowed him to remain at shortstop in college; moves better than size suggests; lack of lateral range and speed will eventually force him to third base at the next level; solid glove and hands; instinctual first step.
Plus arm strength; strong enough to handle shortstop; potential weapon at third base; sat in the low-90s off the mound as a college sophomore; one of the better infield arms in this year’s class.
MLB Player Comparison: Troy Tulowitzki
Projection: Solid-to-average everyday third baseman; potential All-Star.
MLB ETA: Early 2016
Chances of Signing: 90%