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Hunter Dozier

Born: 08/22/1991 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 220
Primary Position: 3B
Great body; big, broad and tall; powerful legs; built; muscular top; probably maxed out at this point; hard to imagine he ever played SS.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/03/2014
Dates Seen 4/26/2014, 5/30/2014, 6/2/2014
Affiliate Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A, Royals)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2016 Medium 60 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Natural bat-to-ball skills; swing is exquisite; barrel control is evident; shows length and extension with hands; ability to pull them in on the hard stuff inside; strength is evident in swing; hands are a tad higher for my liking but he is able to get away with it due to plus bat speed; load is moderate; approach is plus; shows ability to understand a pitcher's arsenal and adapt in-game; lays off CH away and looks for a more suitable pitch to hit.
Power 60 Plus bat speed; brute strength; slight lift; hips provide above-average torque; ball jumps off the bat in BP and in games; hitting more liners currently than flies; more doubles power right now; the homers are going to come soon; pure bat-to-ball skills with the brute strength are huge indicators.
Baserunning/Speed 50 Clocked 4.24, 4.27 home to first; speed is simply average all around; athletic player, but speed is not a true weapon here; good speed for how large he is.
Glove 50 Defense is currently fringe average; footwork can become choppy; does not always set them; needs work on positioning his body defensively; hips are not fluid enough for my liking at the corner; struggles at times to rotate and will have to backhand some plays that another plus defender might field in a proper throwing position; range is average; has instincts but needs more reps; defense will be fine, just needs more reps at 3B.
Arm 60 Arm is plus; can handle most throws; occasionally will struggle when does not set his feet; accuracy is solid when he does not rush.

Dozier has three future plus tools, but they are slumbering some at the current time. The most important part of Dozier's game is his approach at the plate and how he is able to conduct his at-bats. The barrel skills are tremendous and he will hit at the higher levels. While he is honing these skills, the home-run power might slumber more, but it should arise shortly. The defense is not an issue to me, as he still looks to be learning the craft of third base. It might take some time, but the bat should allow him to stick at the hot corner either way.

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