With the MLB First-Year Player Draft beginning this Thursday, more and more mock drafts have hit the web in anticipation of the big day.
If everything holds according to the sketched plans of the draft, the biggest local winner will be Denton alum and current Stephen F. Austin junior shortstop Hunter Dozier.
In today’s mock draft released by ESPN’s Keith Law (you’ll need a subscription to see the whole thing), Dozier is slotted as a first-round pick, going 29th to the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s a vast improvement from Law’s previous rankings, where Dozier was penciled in as the 53rd best prospect available for this weekend’s draft.
Dozier still has a year left, but it’s foolish to think he’ll be back for a senior year considering where he could potentially be drafted.
Law was one of 50 to 60 scouts who were at the Southland Conference Tournament to watch Oral Roberts and SFA face-off in the first round of the conference tournament. Those scouts saw Dozier go 1-for-3 against Oral Roberts pitcher Alex Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, who Law has going No.15 overall to Arizona, allowed seven hits and two earned runs in six innings.
We’ll be tracking Thursday’s events, watching to see if Dozier ends up becoming one of the highest drafted products out of a Denton ISD high school.