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Hunter Dozier | Outfielder | #17

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Stephen F. Austin
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (8) / KC
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Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that Hunter Dozier will primarily play first base to begin the season with Triple-A Omaha.
He's also expected to play some right field. Dozier has primarily played third base in the minors, but the priority will be elsewhere in 2018 and possibly beyond. The 2013 first-round pick was limited to 33 games in the minors last season due to oblique and hand injuries. Mar 13 - 1:53 PM

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Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday that Hunter Dozier's focus early in camp will be on first base.

"He'll take a lot of ground balls there," Yost said. "We bounced him around a lot last year. But we're going to concentrate with him at first base early." Dozier was drafted as a shortstop in 2013, but quickly moved over to third base and has also played in the outfield. The only pure first baseman on the Royals' 40-man roster is Samir Duenez, a 22-year-old prospect who hasn't played above Double-A. It sounds like Dozier has a real chance of being the Royals' everyday first baseman to start the 2018 season, assuming they are unable to re-sign Eric Hosmer.
Feb 14 - 4:30 PM

Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo suggested Tuesday that Hunter Dozier could play first base for the team in 2018.

Eric Hosmer is likely to depart as a free agent this winter, so the Royals are considering a variety of new looks at first base. Dozier was drafted (eighth overall) as a third baseman in 2013 and has primarily played the hot corner in the minor leagues, but the 26-year-old does have a bit of experience on the other side of the diamond. Cheslor Cuthbert is another possibility to take over for Hosmer, though he could be needed at third base if impending free agent Mike Moustakas also leaves Kansas City.
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 07:59:00 PM

Hunter Dozier has been diagnosed with a left hamate bone fracture.

That'll cost the 25-year-old outfielder another month at least. Dozier, who's currently stationed at Triple-A Omaha, already missed most of April and May because of a Grade 2 oblique strain.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 10:22:00 AM

Royals reinstated OF Hunter Dozier from his rehab assignment; optioned him to Triple-A Omaha.

He's finally back from his oblique strain but there isn't a spot for him in Kansas City. Dozier got his first taste of the majors as a September call-up last season, batting .211 in eight games down the stretch. The 25-year-old should get another shot with the big club at some point this year.
Thu, Jun 1, 2017 06:05:00 PM

Hunter Dozier (oblique) had his rehab assignment transferred to Triple-A Omaha.

Dozier, who suffered an oblique strain during spring training, batted .364 (4-for-11) with a double over three games with High-A Wilmington. The 25-year-old will likely remain in Triple-A once he's deemed back to full health.
Mon, May 29, 2017 03:16:00 PM

Hunter Dozier (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Wilmington.

Dozier has been out all season after suffering a Grade 2 strain of his oblique during spring training. He's on the 60-day disabled list and will likely be optioned to Triple-A Omaha once he's back to full health.
Tue, May 23, 2017 11:24:00 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Sunday that Hunter Dozier is dealing with a Grade 2 oblique strain.

He suffered the injury while swinging during a Cactus League game earlier in the week. He's expected to be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks and isn't likely to be an option for the Royals until June.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 06:47:00 PM

Royals recalled 3B/OF Hunter Dozier from Triple-A Omaha; placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

The move was made in order to free up a 40-man roster spot for Peter Moyan. At least Dozier gets to collect a major league paycheck for a while now.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 11:36:00 AM

Royals optioned infielder-outfielder Hunter Dozier to Triple-A Omaha.

Dozier had a .294/.357/.506 line in Triple-A last year and was hitting .409/.481/.818 in 22 at-bats this spring, but the Royals never gave him a shot to win a job. He'll probably see more time at third base than in the outfield in Triple-A, as the Royals want him to be a candidate to take over at the hot corner if Mike Moustakas leaves in free agency next winter.
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 12:21:00 PM

Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports that Hunter Dozier has been battling a minor wrist issue.

It's something that Dozier first felt last August and has lingered since. While it doesn't sound like anything serious at this point, it's worth monitoring. It's going to take an injury or a trade of Mike Moustakas for Dozier to get a real shot with the big league club in 2017.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017 07:22:00 PM

Royals purchased the contract of 3B Hunter Dozier from Triple-A Omaha.

The former first-round pick earned a promotion by batting .296/.366/.533 with 23 homers between Double- and Triple-A. He doesn't figure to receive many at-bats with Cheslor Cuthbert playing well.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 02:56:00 PM

Royals 3B prospect Hunter Dozier racked up five hits in Wednesday's doubleheader for Triple-A Omaha.

The Storm Chasers swept the double dip with Iowa, winning the opener 4-3 before capturing the nightcap in a 7-5 decision. Dozier is on an absurd hot streak right now. He's hit .600 with two homers and seven RBI during his eight-game hitting streak while lifting his season average from .292 to .335. The 24-year-old owns the Pacific Coast League's sixth-highest batting average and ninth-highest OPS (.929).
Source: MILB.com
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 10:59:00 AM

Royals 3B prospect Hunter Dozier homered and drove in two runs Monday in a win for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

The 24-year-old has hit .400 with three home runs during his five-game hitting streak, raising his average from .288 to .316. Dozier leads the Texas League in slugging percentage (.684) and is second in OPS (1.103). He's also second in homers (seven), third in doubles (eight) and third in RBI (18). The former first-round pick has been a threat on the base paths as well, stealing four bags without getting caught. Dozier could be nearing a promotion to Triple-A Omaha.
Source: MILB.com
Tue, May 3, 2016 02:40:00 PM

Royals 3B prospect Hunter Dozier drilled two homers Sunday in a win for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Dozier's three-RBI effort came as part of a 16-run explosion for the Naturals. A 2013 first-round pick out of Stephen F. Austin, the 24-year-old has reached base in seven of his 16 plate appearances this year. Dozier took his lumps last season, hitting just .213 with 151 punch-outs in 475 at-bats for Northwest Arkanas. He should have no trouble improving on those stats this year.
Mon, Apr 11, 2016 01:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cam Gallagher
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Adalberto Mondesi
3Ryan Goins
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Abraham Almonte
CF1Jon Jay
2Paulo Orlando
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Jesse Hahn
7Eric Skoglund
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Justin Grimm
3Brian Flynn
4Burch Smith
5Timothy Hill
6Blaine Boyer
7Brad Keller
8Kevin McCarthy
9Scott Barlow