Six games ago, former Denton baseball standout Hunter Dozier was in the middle of a rough stretch in the minor leagues.
Dozier was only batting .198 for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Kansas City Royals’ Class A-Advanced affiliate.
Well, Dozier capped emphatically capped a stellar six-game stretch with a go-ahead grand slam in the Blue Crew’s 6-3 win against Salem this afternoon. Dozier’s 2-for-3 performance today raised his batting average to .280 this season and .375 in his last 10 games.
Prior to Dozier’s torrid stretch, he was swinging and missing quite often. But in his last 10 games, he’s drawn 10 walks and only struck out four times.
Wilmington manager Darryl Kennedy said the former Bronco is rolling right now.
“[Dozier] means a lot to our lineup,” Kennedy told MiLB.com. “The one thing I’ve noticed about Hunter is he’s stopped swinging at all of the stuff they want him to swing at and he’s just putting [in] his mind, ‘I’ll take a walk because we’ve got other guys in the lineup that should be able to do something.’ That’s contagious.”
After being drafted eighth overall in last year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Royals, he quickly ascended from rookie ball to the Class A ranks. He’s doing the most of his current time with the Blue Rocks, and he told MiLB.com that his improved play can be attributed to a relaxed approach at the plate.
“I’m feeling better up there each and every day,” Dozier told MiLB.com. “That’s just baseball. Sometimes you’re not going to see the pitch very well and that’s kind of how it was early. Lately I’m seeing it pretty well and just trying to stay relaxed.”
According to MiLB’s Seth Bernstein, Dozier has reached base in 14 of the last 15 games and the Denton and Stephen F. Austin alumnus has a six-game hitting streak and has six walks and one strikeout during that span.
Not too shabby, Dozier. Not too shabby at all.