29-Year-Old Second Baseman – Minnesota Twins
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Dozier offers a rare combination of speed and power at second base and has become a consistent fantasy producer the past three seasons. He looked set to have a career year after hitting 19 home runs w...
Brian Dozier Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $20 million extension in March of 2015.
Dozier (oblique) plans to start taking swings later this month, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Brian Dozier||3-Year Averages||156||699||613||105||152||69||35||3||31||82||17||4||70||138||1||7||8||.248||.330||.467||.796|
|Career (View All)||699||3,064||2,715||422||668||283||151||15||117||346||74||22||278||593||12||28||31||.246||.320||.442||.762|
|Oct. 2||@CWS||Did not play.|
|Sep. 29||@KC||Did not play.|
|Sep. 21||Det||Did not play.|
|Last 7 Games||22||4||2||0||0||0||0||2||9||2||0||0||0||0||.091||.167||.091||.258|
|Last 14 Games||46||5||5||0||0||1||1||2||16||3||0||0||0||1||.109||.146||.174||.320|
|Last 30 Games||114||19||30||4||0||10||18||9||40||7||0||1||0||1||.263||.323||.561||.884|
Brian Dozier: MLB Games Played By Position
Brian Dozier Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Brian Dozier||3-Year Averages||699||613||10%||19.7%||0.51||77%||.273||.219|
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Minnesota Twins Roster
MajorsBerrios, Jose (P)
AAABaxendale, D.J. (P)
AABard, Luke (P)
A+Fernandez, Raul (P)
AArraez, Luis (2B)
RookieArias, Jean Carlos (OF)
Brian Dozier: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Dozier showed that his 2013 breakout season was no fluke as he was one of just five players with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases last year. Dozier nearly duplicated his 2013 stats, but he had several positive developments -- specifically, more home runs and stolen bases as he played nine more games. He scored 112 runs as he hit first or second in the batting order almost all season. He also increased his walk rate to 12.6% from 8.6% in 2013. Perhaps the only negative was that he took a slight step back in the field as he doubled his errors (15) at second base and had a below average season by most defensive metrics. Still, his glove is seen as strong enough to keep his bat at second base. His 112 runs scored may not sustainable as he's not a high OBP player, and he could be dropped to the middle of the order, but otherwise Dozier looks set to be a top fantasy option again at second base in 2015.
Dozier revived his career by moving to second base last season, resulting in improved defense to go with good power at the plate. He disappointed in 2012 as a rookie as he hit just .234/.271/.332 and struggled with his defense at shortstop where his range was inadequate. The move to second base improved his defense as he made just six errors and was 11th in UZR among regular second basemen. He also improved at the plate by hitting .244/.312/.414 with 18 home runs. Dozier improved his walk rate (eight percent of plate appearances) which was more in line with his minor league career. He hit for some power in the minors, so his 18 home runs were not a fluke, and he also has decent speed with 14 stolen bases. He'll enter his prime next season at age 26 as Minnesota's starting second baseman and offers a valuable power-speed combination for a middle infielder.
After hitting hitting .318/.384/.502 at Double-A in 2011, Dozier looked like a potential shortstop of the future for the Twins. He was called up after a strong first month at Triple-A and given the starting shortstop job. He started off hot by hitting .298 with two home runs in his first 11 games, but cooled off quickly at the plate and was hitting just .234/.271/.332 before he was demoted in August. He also struggled with his defense, making 15 errors in 83 games with a -1.2 UZR. His range was not seen as adequate enough to play shortstop and the Twins moved him to second base in winter ball. The truth is he was likely overrated as a prospect as he will be 26 years old this season, and had fewer than 400 at-bats above High-A before he was given an everyday job in the majors. He has some pop (eight homers last year) and speed (25 stolen bases in 2011) and drew walks at a good clip before last year. Dozier still could carve out a major league role at second base, but will likely need to prove himself for a long stretch at Triple-A.
Dozier had a strong minor league season that could put him in position to make an impact in the majors with the Twins as early as 2012. Dozier hit .322/.423/.472 at High-A Fort Myers and then duplicated that performance by hitting .318/.384/.502 in a tough hitting environment at Double-A New Britain. He followed that up by hitting .298/.358/.454 with three home runs in 26 games in the Arizona Fall League. Dozier primarily played shortstop but also saw time at second base. It's not clear if he has the range to start at shortstop in the majors. However, his bat could eventually make him Minnesota's solution at shortstop as he has some pop (nine homers last year), strong plate discipline (66:55 K:BB ratio) and speed (25 stolen bases). He'll begin the season at Double-A, but could reach the majors in a utility role this summer. He's a prospect to grab in deeper keeper leagues.