Voight, Dozier making strides in Rookie Pioneer League

Coming into tonight’s games, two former area shortstops have fared well so far in the minor leagues in the summer.

Former Ryan shortstop Zach Voight and former Denton shortstop Hunter Dozier are progressing in the Rookie Pioneer League.

Dozier was drafted eighth overall by the Kansas City Royals in this year’s First-Year Player Draft. Voight was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 20th round in last year’s draft.

Both shortstops have been putting up solid numbers so far this season.

Dozier, who’s playing with the Idaho Falls Chukars, is currently batting .284 through 36 games. He’s hit four home runs and tallied 27 RBIs. The prospect also’s hit 17 doubles on the season, a sign he’s getting the hang of things at the plate.

Depending on how you want to look things, Voight’s been having the better summer. In 28 games with the Great Falls Voyagers, the Ryan alumnus is batting .311 with five home runs and 22 RBIs. He’s carrying a seven-game hitting streak, but he’s batted .211 in his last 10 games.

Last season, Voight hit .339 in 20 games in for Great Falls.

If Voight and Dozier and climb out of the rookie league and jump up into Class A, they’ll join Abel Baker and Aaron Baker.


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