Brian Dozier 2B MIN 4 Days
Brian Dozier went 3-for-6 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the Royals.
Dozier's .219 batting average isn't anything to write home about, but he's done an awfully nice job setting the table for the Twins thus far this year. The second baseman is first in the American League with 19 runs scored, and he's now got a .341 on-base percentage through 18 games.
Brian Dozier 2B MIN 6 Days
Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, two steals and three runs scored in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.
Dozier is hitting just .207, but who cares? He has five homers, 13 walks and four steals in 15 games, which is why he's already scored 18 runs from the leadoff spot.
Brian Dozier 2B MIN 12 Days
Brian Dozier launched his fourth home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Royals.
It was his second leadoff homer in the past week. He drove in two runs on the day. Dozier is now tied with Jose Abreu of the White Sox and Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays for the American League lead in home runs. Half of his hits have left the yard this season, as he's hitting .182 (8-for-44) through 11 games. Fantasy owners aren't complaining.
Brian Dozier 2B MIN 14 Days
Brian Dozier homered and walked Thursday against the Athletics.
His first-inning solo homer off Dan Straily was the only offense of the day for the Twins. Dozier is hitting just .167 (6-for-36) through nine games this season, but half of his hits are home runs.
Brian Dozier 2B MIN 16 Days
Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a walk in Monday's loss to the Athletics.
Dozier had a three-hit game last Friday and a homer the day after that, but he's been hitless in his other five contests. He has drawn six walks, helping to keep his OBP afloat at .314. Still, he's hitting just .143/.314/.286 overall and will need to pick it up if he wants to remain in the leadoff spot.
Brian Dozier 2B MIN 21 Days
Brian Dozier went 0-for-6 as the Twins' leadoff man in Wednesday's loss.
Dozier slumped this spring, coming in at .232/.283/.393 in 56 at-bats, and he's off to an 0-for-10 start in games that count. The Twins certainly aren't going to bench him, but they will have to move him down in the order if this lingers on for too long.
Brian Dozier 2B MIN 1 Month
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he might bat Brian Dozier or Kurt Suzuki leadoff if one of his center fielders doesn't seize the opportunity.
A lot of people around the internet are mocking Gardenhire already for mentioning Suzuki (he of the .232/.290/.337 slash line in 2013) as a leadoff candidate. The veteran manager is advised to tread carefully; wonky lineup decisions have been tolerated up north in the past, but he's in the middle of a Boundary Waters' lake during the thaw right now. Not only is the ice thin, but you can hear the tremors from shore.
Brian Dozier 2B MIN 2 Months
Brian Dozier doubled twice Monday as a Twins split-squad routed the Blue Jays 12-2.
Dozier is 5-for-7 with three doubles and a walk this spring. He showed the pop (18 HR) and speed (14) to be a decent mixed-league infielder last season. To take it to the next level, he'll need to improve on last year's .244 average this season.
Brian Dozier 2B MIN 3 Months
Brian Dozier stated Saturday that his injured knee has fully healed and checked out fine during his physical on Friday.
The 26-year-old infielder took a full month off after the season to let his knee heal, and doesn't expect it to be an issue moving forward. He's fresh off a breakout season offensively where he hit .244/.312/.414 with 18 homers, 66 RBI and 14 stolen bases. His intriguing blend of power and speed makes him an interesting target in the middle rounds of mixed league drafts.
Brian Dozier 2B MIN 7 Months
Brian Dozier went 1-for-3 in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Indians.
The Twins lost six straight games to close the season and finish 66-96, tied for the fourth-worst record in baseball with the Cubs. That means that skipper Ron Gardenhire, who failed to win his 1,000th game this weekend, may not be around to shepherd Dozier's development next season. The 26-year-old had a mini-breakout campaign in 2013, slashing .244/.312/.414 with 18 homers, 14 steals and 66 RBI in 147 games this season. Dozier will be a sneaky power/speed target at a shallow position in spring drafts.