The Kansas City Royals made quite a splash last year when they selected for Denton Broncos standout Hunter Dozier with the eighth overall pick in the MLB First Year Player Draft. Dozier was seen as a top 100 prospect, but nothing had him as a top 10 prospect, yet, that’s where he went.
And so far, Dozier has made the Royals not look totally crazy with their pick. He’ll begin the season in High-A Wilmington after a really solid rookie year in rookie league ball before a late-season call-up to Low-A.
Here’s a pretty in-depth writeup on Dozier and his ascension through the Royals’ farm system and a projection of what Dozier could end up being as a big-leaguer. The one thing that really stands out about Dozier’s rookie season is the following: Dozier has shown a polished approach at the plate, walking more than he struck out in his first professional season.
That’s very impressive, and very rare. The writer of the article suggests Dozier could be up to Double-A by season’s end, which would put him in the Texas League and give him a chance to come play in Frisco, and then could see a promotion to the big club by the end of the 2015 season. That’s a long way away, and it’s all speculation, but Dozier is off to a good start to his professional career.