Hunter Dozier has continued to make his ascent up the minor-league ranks before I can get my morning cup of coffee.
After a couple of stagnant years in the Chicago White Sox organization, Zach Voight is making his way up the ranks.
Six games ago, former Denton baseball standout Hunter Dozier was in the middle of a rough stretch in the minor leagues.
Coming into tonight’s games, two former area shortstops have fared well so far in the minor leagues in the summer.
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.
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.