Dozier Stars on Twins Podcast

14 Sep

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Last week, I named Brian Dozier my choice for Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month. Last night, he spent about 20 minutes on the Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast, and he was a terrific interview. Here is how Dozier ranked among all Twins Minor Leaguers in 2011:

  • Runs (92) – 1st
  • Hits (157) – 1st
  • Triples (12) – 1st
  • Stolen Bases (24) – 1st
  • Total Bases (241) – 1st
  • Sacrifice Bunts (10) – 2nd
  • Hit by Pitches (11) – 3rd
  • Doubles (33) – 4th
  • On-Base Percentage (.399) – 5th
  • OPS (.890) – 5th
  • Slugging Percentage (.491) – 6th
  • Walks (55) – 7th

Which of those stats surprised him the most? Why? Check out the podcast to find out…

Brian Dozier is from the small town of Fulton, Mississippi. (Small town near Tupelo, the home of Elvis) He went to Southern Mississippi for four years, culminating in a trip to Omaha and the College World Series. The Twins used their 8th round pick in the 2009 draft on Dozier and he signed quickly. I asked him who some of the coaches were that have helped him most in his three seasons in the organization. He spoke very highly of Ray Smith and Jeff Reed at Elizabethton saying that they were perfect coaches for players coming in to pro ball. In 2010, he played 39 games with Beloit before moving up to Ft. Myers. He received a non-roster invite to big league spring training and made the most of it. He started the season back in Ft. Myers and hit .322/.423/.472 with 11 doubles, five triples, two homers, 22 RBI and 13 stolen bases. He finished with 78 games at AA New Britain where he hit .318/.384/.502 with 22 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 34 RBI and 11 steals.

Please take time to listen to last night’s podcast. Following the Dozier interview, Cody Christie (North Dakota Twins Fan) called in and we talked several Twins topics while taking a couple of great phone calls. The 45 minute episode was one of my favorites, probably could have talked for over an hour. Let me know what you think. One of the phone calls came from a Twins fan in Ft. Myers who apparently has a roster of which Twins minor leaguers will be heading to the Instructional League, which starts on Friday.

If you have any questions, comments, links, or anything, please feel free to ask in the Comments section.


3 Responses to “Dozier Stars on Twins Podcast”

  1. clutterheart September 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    What about his Fielding?

  2. mike wants wins September 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Let’s hope he’s at AAA next year, to start the year. Let’s hope that if the MIF in MN is awful again next year, that he’s ready.

  3. Twins Fan From Afar September 15, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Thanks for the link, Seth!

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