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[edit] Biographical Information

Brian Dozier made his major league debut in 2012.

[edit] Amateur Career

Dozier was All-State twice in high school, hitting .504 as a junior and .518 as a senior. He also played football, golf and basketball. As a freshman in college, he hit .368/.442/.488, finishing 4th in Conference USA in batting average. As a sophomore in 2007, he was at .339/.402/.456 with 57 runs in 61 games. In '08, he batted .342/.403/.476 with 46 RBI in 64 games. His 92 hits were second in Conference USA behind Ryan Keedy and he made second-team All-Conference. He only struck out 17 times in 269 AB, the best K rate in the conference and 40th in the NCAA. As a senior, he hit .391/.485/.587 with 44 runs and 39 RBI in 37 games, missing time with a broken collarbone. Southern Miss made it to the 2009 College World Series.

[edit] Minor Leagues

The Minnesota Twins took Dozier in the 8th round of the 2009 amateur draft. The scout was Earl Winn. Brian would go on to be the first 2009 Twins draftee to make the majors. He made his pro debut with the GCL Twins but only played 5 games (4 for 14, 2 BB) before a promotion to the Elizabethton Twins. He hit .353/.417/.431 with 38 runs in 53 games for Elizabethton and fielded .946 at short. He was second in the Appalachian League in average (behind Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg), OBP (behind Brady Shoemaker) and hits (77, 7 behind Spanjer-Furstenburg). His 38 double plays led the league's shortstops. He was named the Appy's All-Star shortstop.

In 2010, Dozier played for the Beloit Snappers (.278/.347/.338, 24 R in 39 G) and the Fort Myers Miracle (.274/.352/.354 in 93 G), with 16 steals in 21 tries and 68 runs. The next year, he was with Fort Myers (.322/.423/.473 in 49 G) and the New Britain Rock Cats (.318/.384/.502 in 78 G). He totaled 92 runs, 33 doubles, 12 triples and 24 steals (in 35 tries), while fielding .977 at SS. He led the Twins minor leagues in runs and triples, tied for first in steals and was second to Steve Singleton in hits. He was named the Twins Minor League Player of the Year. He then hit .296 with 22 RBI in 26 games for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. Baseball America ranked him as the #10 Twins prospect, as having the best strike-zone discipline and as being the best defensive infielder in their farm chain.

Dozier began 2012 with the Rochester Red Wings and was hitting .276/.339/.371 after 28 games. He was called up to the majors when Justin Morneau went on the disabled list.

[edit] Majors

In his big league debut, Dozier started at shortstop and hit second. He flew out against Jered Weaver (fresh from a no-hitter) in his first at-bat. After an 0 for 3 start, he singled off David Carpenter with one out in the 8th and came home on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Doumit.

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