Hunter Dozier
Hunter Dozier
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Kansas City Royals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 2013 first-round pick re-emerged as a viable prospect in 2016, had a lost season in 2017 and saw his first extended major-league action after his callup in May, playing in 102 games for the Royals. Dozier saw considerable time at first and third base and finished the season with a .229/.278/.395 slash line with 11 home runs in 388 PA. He has plus raw power but struggles to get to it consistently in games. His 28.1% strikeout rate is only slightly higher than his rate over three seasons at Triple-A Omaha, but remains a concern along with his 6.2% walk rate. The 27-year-old's ability to play all four corner spots boosts his real-life utility and gives him a chance to crack Kansas City's Opening Day roster, possibly as the everyday third baseman. However, his big-league opportunities will be more of a testament to the lack of talent on the Royals' roster than Dozier's own ability. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed with the Royals for $2.2 million in June of 2013.
Back in lineup
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March 16, 2019
Dozier (groin) will serve as the Royals' designated hitter and bat sixth in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Padres, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
As anticipated, Dozier's groin injury was only a minor concern that kept him out of action for a couple days. He'll be eased back into the lineup without any defensive responsibilities, but expect him to take back his normal duties at third base early on during the upcoming week.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2017
No Stats
2016
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .597 138 11 0 7 1 .202 .312 .286
Since 2016vs Right .697 271 29 11 28 1 .240 .262 .435
2018vs Left .601 128 8 0 7 1 .207 .313 .288
2018vs Right .704 260 28 11 27 1 .239 .262 .442
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left .550 10 3 0 0 0 .125 .300 .250
2016vs Right .545 11 1 0 1 0 .273 .273 .273
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2017
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2016
 
 
+72%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .674 225 22 5 19 0 .231 .284 .389
Since 2016Away .659 184 18 6 16 2 .225 .272 .387
2018Home .690 208 18 5 18 0 .234 .288 .401
2018Away .655 180 18 6 16 2 .224 .267 .388
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home .485 17 4 0 1 0 .188 .235 .250
2016Away .833 4 0 0 0 0 .333 .500 .333
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Stat Review
How does Hunter Dozier compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.22
 
BB Rate
6.2%
 
K Rate
28.1%
 
BABIP
.296
 
ISO
.166
 
AVG
.229
 
OBP
.278
 
SLG
.395
 
OPS
.673
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Hunter Dozier
The Z Files: Early Player Pool Observations
154 days ago
Todd Zola offers his early thoughts on the shape of the 2019 player pool and suggests that J.T. Realmuto may be the only catcher left worth an early-round investment.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Thursday Picks
175 days ago
There aren’t a lot of pitcher choices tonight, so if you’re not going with pricey Gerrit Cole, Adam Zdroik recommends Julio Teheran, who’s cheaper and has double-digit fantasy points in his last 10 starts.
Regan’s Rumblings: Chasing Categories
189 days ago
Dave Regan offers up player suggestions in specific categories in which you might be trying to make up ground at the last second, such as steals, where he’s suggesting Kansas City’s Adalberto Mondesi.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Thursday Picks
189 days ago
There aren’t many options at third tonight, so Adam Zdroik is going with Matt Chapman, who’s one of the many Oakland bats who smacks around righties with a .274 ISO and .387 wOBA.
The Z Files: Finding a Final Boost
189 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some under-the-radar hitters who could provide your lineup with crucial late-season production, including the Royals' Adalberto Mondesi.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Dozier re-established himself as a notable prospect in 2016, but injuries and poor performance in limited opportunities resulted in his value cratering last season. He missed the first two months of the season with an oblique injury, then a week later he broke his wrist, which sidelined him until the middle of August. It's really hard to take much from his performance in 2017, especially when factoring in the type of injuries he dealt with. Fortunately, he finds himself on a team in the early stages of a rebuild, so while his spot on the 40-man roster may be in jeopardy on another team, he has a decent chance to make the Royals' big-league roster this spring. He saw time at third base and first base at Triple-A, but the majority of his starts came in right field. It's hard to say exactly where the 26-year-old will fit in, but he could post solid power numbers with a low batting average if he gets the at-bats.
Dozier's re-emergence as a prospect is an excellent story, as it seemed reasonable to write him off a year ago after he looked incapable of handling Double-A pitching. Obviously a recently turned 25-year-old posting a .864 OPS with 15 home runs over 103 games in the Pacific Coast League doesn't mean he won't end up settling in as a Quadruple-A hitter long term. But it is a sight far more encouraging than when he posted an OPS under .625 across 192 games at Double-A between 2014 and 2015. The Royals began transitioning him to the outfield at Triple-A, and when he got a cup of coffee with the big league club in September, all six of his starts came in right field. He's not particularly close to being a top-200 prospect, but at least he's now a player to be aware of in deeper single-season leagues in 2017.
Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 220 pounds, the eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft certainly looks the part of a slugging third baseman. Watching Dozier smoke balls in batting practice only further adds to the allure. However, after 790 plate appearances at Double-A, the 24-year-old has yet to come close to meeting expectations. Dozier has hit just 16 home runs with nine steals and a .291 wOBA dating back to when he first joined Northwest Arkansas in the middle of the 2014 season. After hitting four home runs in 64 games to close out 2014, he was able to hit 12 homers in 128 games last year, but his strikeout rate jumped from 26.2% to 28.9% as a result of tweaking his approach, which adds another unappealing element to the equation. Until he can show the ability to lay off breaking balls out of the zone and get in more hitter’s counts, Dozier will be a player to follow, but not own, in most dynasty leagues.
Dozier produced a .826 OPS with four homers and seven steals over 276 at-bats for High-A Wilmington in 2014, which eventually earned him a mid-June promotion to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. In an equal amount of at-bats at the Double-A level, he was largely disappointing, batting just .209 and striking out at a rate of 22.6%. He'll need to improve his contact rate at that level if he has intentions of making another jump in 2015, but the Royals remain confident the 6-foot-4 infielder will continue to develop the power they thought he would when they drafted him eighth overall in the 2013 first-year player draft. Triple-A Omaha seems to be the likely ceiling for Dozier in the coming season, and he'll still have to compete with several other intriguing prospects in the farm system if he plans on seeing infield work in the big leagues by 2016.
The Royals' first-round pick (eighth overall) in the 2013 draft was probably one of the most highly-criticized selections by scouts and baseball pundits. A shortstop out of Stephen A. Austin, the 21-year-old Dozier posted a slash line of .396/.482/.755 with 17 home runs during his senior year. However, while most believe he possesses a strong skill set, few are convinced that he will make it in the major leagues, and most believe he will require a move over to either second or third base. Dozier impressed at the plate in the Rookie League, posting a .303/.403/.509 slash line with a 13.3% walk rate and a .203 ISO over 258 plate appearances, but he struggled with a late-season move to Low-A ball. He'll continue to work at the lower levels until he shows some continued growth, but he appears to be a long way away from the big leagues.
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Nursing minor groin issue
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Groin
March 14, 2019
Dozier is battling through a minor groin injury but should play in Saturday's spring game against Milwaukee, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Withheld from lineup
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September 30, 2018
Dozier is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Homers, collects steal
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September 20, 2018
Dozier went 1-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, two runs and a steal in Thursday's 11-8 loss to the Tigers.
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Out again Sunday
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September 16, 2018
Dozier will sit for the second straight day Sunday against the Twins.
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Returns to action
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September 13, 2018
Dozier (back) is starting at first base and hitting cleanup Thursday against the Twins, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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