Letís just start by saying that in his second tour of duty of the major league ranks, Brian Dozier fared better.
After a dismal 2012 season, he managed to improve his walk rate and power numbers to finish the year one of the teamís top contributions. Faint praise, however, considering the lineupís surprising lack of offense overall.
That said Dozierís in-season development was impressive. After a diagnostic from hitting coach Tom Brunansky, the
At the end of May, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was batting a sad .214/.259/.299 and providing little reassurance that he would be able to consistently hit major league pitching. Since then, however, Dozier has been on fire offensively and has posted a robust .254/.340/.492 line with 10 home runs in his last 270 plate appearances.
This turnaround has been amazing for Dozier, but it has not been entirely unexpected. In the spring, Dozier showcased
Last year, as Brian Dozierís offensive season sank deeper in the abyss, Andrew Bryz-Gornia at TwinkieTown pointed out how many different stances Dozier displayed.
While the frequent changes in his batting stance acted as a visual barometer to his overall hitting struggles Ė the constant alteration a sign that he never was comfortable at the plate Ė his front side mechanics may have been one of the sources that led to his poor numbers.
In 2012, Dozierís swing contained a
You only have two choices: will he be better or worse in 2013?
There are two things you wonít find in Minnesota: A liquor store that will sell you booze on Sundays and consistency at the shortstop position.
The Twins were hoping that the latter problem would be solved by Brian Dozier. Dozier, a shortstop drafted by the organization (another rarity), was given the opportunity a month into the season to claim the role as his own.
After sending Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Rochester, many fans began to think that Brian Dozier may have done enough this spring to entice the powers that be to include him on the major league roster. On Tuesday, manager Ron Gardenhire squelched that notion.
According to the Star Tribuneís Joe Christensenís tweet which paraphrased Gardenhireís comments on the situation, the Twins will not be bringing Dozier northward but rather sending him to Rochester to start