The Royals have selected Hunter Dozier, a shortstop from Stephen F. Austin University, with the eighth overall pick of the June Free Agent Draft.
The 21-year old Dozier, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound shortstop from Stephen F. Austin University, batted .396 with 17 home runs and 52 RBI this season. He led the Southland Conference in batting average, slugging percentage (.755), doubles (25) and home runs, earning Louisville Slugger First Team All-America honors. He was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection, becoming the first shortstop in school history to earn that distinction, and was an All-South Central Region selection last year, when he hit .357 with 22 doubles, 10 homers and 37 RBI. He majored in kinesiology at Stephen F. Austin.
A native of Denton, Texas, Dozier was a multi-sport star at Denton High School. He was the shortstop and ace right-handed pitcher on the baseball team and also quarterbacked the football squad. He was a 2008 all-area selection and the district Newcomer of the Year. After suffering a football injury as a junior, he came back to hit .400 during his senior season and earned all-district honors.
On a beautiful afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, Ned Yost held his daily press conference in the Royals dugout. Kelvin Herrera returned to the mound for the Royals last night for the first time since being recalled from Omaha. He worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning. The manager was asked if it was nice to have him back to solidify the bullpen. “When he struggled a little bit, we sent him down and that kind of created a little bit of a hole down there. I have always thought when guys understand their roles and have roles they tend to perform more consistent. Not having him down there created some uncertainties to what everyone’s roles were. So having him back fills that hole, we hope. He looked really good last night,” said Yost.
Last night the offense produced four runs. The Royals are 17-5 when scoring at least four runs. Much was made of the shake up to the lineup and the skipper using some advice from the baseball operations statistical staff. Ned talked about how he creates his lineup on daily basis. “We sit down every day and talk about it. I get a lineup from the stat guys every day. I have never used it in its entirety but I use some of it. I consult with the coaches and we look at matchups and a few other things to construct our lineup. We use a bunch of different avenues to construct the lineup,” said the skipper.
KC looks to take the series tonight vs. Minnesota. You can tune in at 7:10 on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network.
Twins lineup: Carroll – 3B, Mauer – C, Willingham – LF, Morneau – 1B, Doumit – C, Parmelee – RF, Thomas – CF, Dozier – 2B, Florimon – SS, Pelfrey – RFP
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Getz – 2B, Escobar – SS, Davis – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_57_vs._Minnesota
Royals Trivia Fact: The following players suited up for KC and are celebrating birthdays today (June 6): Jeremy Affeldt, Edgar Caceres, current Omaha Storm Chaser Irving Falu and Tony Graffanino.
Today Alex Gordon visited kids in cancer treatment bringing autographs, @AlexsLemonade t-shirts & Papa John’s pizza to families in the hospital. You can support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation by purchasing a freshly squeezed lemonade while at the ballpark or the Papa John’s “Alex Gordon Double Deal” which features 2 medium 2-topping pizzas for $5.99 each (enter promo code AGDOUBLE at PapaJohns.com to redeem the offer). A portion of sales from each support the foundation.
Tonight the Royals lineup looks a little different than it has all season. The revised batting order includes Eric Hosmer batting second, Sal Perez third and Alcides Escobar ninth, all for the first time this season. Ned Yost was asked by a reporter if he changed things to try spark the lineup and score some runs. “You answered the question. Right now we are just trying some different stuff. We are trying to get the lineup to a point where we can be productive and score some runs. We are just kind of shuffling our cards a bit. We’re just trying to find a way to get going,” said Yost.
Hosmer was also a hot topic at the press conference. Yost was asked if they are trying to help the young hitter start pulling the ball. “We are trying to get Eric freed up to where he can pull the ball. When he first got here, he was a kid that could really pull ball. He also could get the ball to all fields. Over the course of the last few years he has gotten away from pulling it. We are in the process of doing some things to free him up so he can pull the ball again,” said the manager.
Last night Alex Gordon recorded his sixth outfield assist of the season. The skipper was asked how valuable the two-time Gold Glover is in left field. “He is a huge asset out there. He could be the best throwing outfielder in all of baseball. When you aren’t scoring runs you had better stop the opposing team from scoring and Gordy does that with great frequency,” said Yost.
KC’s nine-game homestand continues tonight at 7:10 with the second of three vs. Minnesota. Tune on on FOX Sports Kansas City or the Royals Radio Network!
Twins lineup: Escobar – 3B, Mauer – C, Willingham – LF, Morneau – 1B, Doumit – DH, Parmelee – RF, Dozier – 2B, Hicks – CF, Florimon – SS, Walters – RHP
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Hosmer – 1B, Perez – C, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Getz – 2B, Escobar – SS, Guthrie – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_56_vs._Minnesota
Royals Trivia Fact: George Brett recorded 275 of his 3,154 hits against the Twins. His highest hit total was 291 vs. Texas.
Here are the Dish Network numbers for the week ahead. A reminder – Saturday’s game will be on FOX Network (that’s WDAF Channel 4 in Kansas City, not FSKC).
Wednesday, June 5: Dish 444
Thursday, June 6: Dish 443
Friday, June 7: Dish 443
Sunday, June 9: Dish 443
Note: We’re short on time today – please check @Royals on Twitter for the lineup.
Kansas City skipper Ned Yost addressed the media this afternoon before the first game of a nine-game home-stand. He first discussed the return of Salvador Perez to the lineup, and what his presence means to the team. Yost stated, “He’s got a real energy about him when he plays the game. He plays with a lot of passion and plays with a lot of energy, plus he’s as good as there is behind the plate.”
Yost then chatted about the reaction of the players to George Brett’s presence as the Royals interim hitting coach. “It’s going to take some time, but he’s been absolutely awesome, we’ve seen little glimpses of improvement already…he’s putting them in a position for them to be successful.”
Yost concluded by addressing the recent roster moves involving Kelvin Herrera and the current rehab work of Jarrod Dyson. On Herrera, “We wanted to give Herrera a couple weeks, and we think he’s fine.” On Dyson, “We’re getting close, we’re going to go day-to-day with it, but we think he’s getting close. He brings an energy to his game and we need to get him back to being healthy and back to what he does best.”
KC looks to finish the road trip at 3-2 today in a 2:05 start at Texas.
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – CF, Francoeur – RF, Kottaras – C, Getz – 2B, Santana – RHP
Rangers lineup: Andrus – SS, Murphy – LF, Berkman – DH, Cruz – RF, Moreland – 1B, Baker – 3B, Soto – C, Gentry – CF, Profar – 2B, Darvish – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_54_Texas
Royals Trivia Fact: Today is game 54, one-third of the way through the season. Alex Gordon has started in left field in all 54 games.
The Royals play a Saturday afternoon contest today, the second of three at Texas.
James Shields goes to the mound against Blue Springs native and Rangers rookie Nick Tepesch, who is facing KC for the first time.
Royals lineup: Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – CF, Lough – RF, Moore – C, Johnson – 2B, Shields – RHP
Rangers lineup: Andrus – SS, Murphy – LF, Berkman – DH, Beltre – 3B, Cruz – RF, Moreland – 1B, Pierzynski – C, Profar – 2B, Martin – CF, Tepesch – RHP
Royals Game N0tes (PDF file): Game_53_Texas
Royals Trivia Fact: Royals reliever Aaron Crow and today’s Rangers starter, Nick Tepesch, were teammates at Mizzou in 2008.