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General Manager Dayton Moore, Assistant GM/Scouting and Player Development J.J. Picollo and Scouting Director Lonnie Goldberg met with the media after tonight’s first-round selection of Hunter Dozier. They also met the media after KC’s 7-3 win to discuss the selections of left-handed pitchers Sean Manaea and Cody Reed.
Goldberg described th3 6’4”, 220 pound Dozier as big and athletic, the type of player that the scouts look for. Drafted as a shortstop, Dozier could also play third base or outfield, according to Goldberg. Dozier is a player with big-time power to all fields and a guy who loves to play.
Dayton Moore also described Dozier as one who “comes to play”, a great person and someone who comes from a great family. Picollo says that the Royals will likely start Dozier in short-season ball.
KC selected left-handed pitchers Sean Manaea and Cody Reed with the 34th and 46th picks, respectively.
Goldberg says that both have swing-and-miss ability.
Manaea dominated the Cape Cod League last year in a season that Goldberg feels was full of offense.
He sees Reed as a player that jumped on the scene this year and someone who the Royals are catching on the rise. Picollo sees Reed going to a short-season team.
Moore was asked about pitching deliveries and how it pertains to Manaea, who has had injury issues. Moore pointed out that deliveries are unique – pointing out that Royals Hall of Famers Kevin Appier, Mark Gubicza and Bret Saberhagen all had deliveries that were not considered normal. Moore is not in the camp of baseball people who believe that a pitcher has to have a perfect delivery in order to be effective.
First-round selection Hunter Dozier is “super excited” to have been drafted by the Royals. A shortstop at Stephen F. Austin University, Dozier says he will play wherever the Royals need him. He visited Kauffman Stadium recently, describes it as gorgeous and says that he hit a few over the wall in batting practice, but knows that he will have to get stronger to play here every day. Dozier said that a high school football injury kept some bigger baseball schools away. He chose Stephen F. Austin as he felt comfortable with the coaching staff. When asked why he majored in kinesiology, Dozier said that he has always been interested in the subject. If he were not a baseball player, he would love to be a Major League strength and conditioning coach.
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.