What a week for Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins. Two walk-off hits, an All-Star appearance, and a home run in the All-Star Game has to have Dozier feeling on Cloud Nine.There is no question that Dozier has elevated himself about every second baseman in baseball, but he has become one of the best players in all of baseball.
I’m not a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins, but how can you not like Dozier? The 28-year old from Fulton, MS., has become the most dangerous lead-off hitter in baseball with his power and knack for getting on base.
He plays the game hard and with a smile, something most people only see kids do.
He is only in his fourth season, but during that time he has blasted 66 home runs and driven in 220 runs. While his career batting average is a modest .244, his on-base percentage is .320.
This season, he batting a career-high .256 with 19 homers and 50 RBI. He has drawn 34 walks and scored 67 runs, and is on pace to score 123 runs this season.
In the field, he is automatic. He has committed just three errors this season for a fielding percentage of .993.
He ranks in the top 10 in the following categories: Offensive Wins Above Replacement (3.1), Games Played (88), At-Bats (347), Plate Appearances (393), Runs Scored (67), Total Bases (178), Doubles (26), Home Runs (19), Runs Created (61), Extra Base Hits (48), Sacrifice Flies (6), and Power-Speed – 2X(Home Runs x Stolen Bases)/(Home Runs + Stolen Bases) (12.2).
Not bad for a guy who signed a four-year, $20 million contract at the beginning of the season. Looks like the Twins made their first good signing in some time.
I love watching him play, Miguel Sano, too, and he is worthy of being called the best at his position. He is a dynamic player who plays the game the old-fashioned way – tough, spirited, and fun – and loves doing it.
Baseball is a kid’s game, and Dozier fits the mold just right.