Brian Dozier's 2015 was validating in many ways, both good and bad. Was he as good as he looked during a breakthrough 2014? Well, in the traditional 5x5 categories, he performed almost exactly the same, swapping out a few stolen bases for home runs, so that's a resounding yes. But for the second straight year, he made us believe he was something even more than that only to fail us in the end. After hitting 19 home runs in the first half, he hit only nine in the second, losing about 100 points on his OPS in the process. The reduced walk rate also lowers him a notch in points leagues. Second base is a position with few standouts, and Dozier still compares favorably enough to the rest of the field to rank among the top five there. He's no longer a surefire early round pick, though.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier will not need surgery after an MRI showed no structural damage in his hip, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. After a great first half of the season in which Dozier posted a .328 on-base percentage and .513 slugging percentage, the second baseman struggled mightily after the All-Star break as he watched his OBP fall to .280 and his slugging percentage to a lowly .359. This dramatic turn prompted some analysts to suggest the 28-year-old might have been injured, but the MRI didn't appear to hint at any sort of severe injury. Dozier should be considered one of the better fantasy second basemen heading into next year and should be fully healthy heading into spring training.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier will have a MRI completed on his hip, the Star Tribune reports. This is a surprising development considering Minnesota never hinted at a possible Dozier injury. No offseason surgeries have been scheduled for any Twins' players, according to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger, meaning the MRI is probably just a precautionary measure. While more information should be available in the coming weeks, it's likely the slugging second baseman should be ready to go for spring training in 2016.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1 for 4 with a solo homer in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Indians. The long ball was Dozier's first career opposite field home run, and just his second homer since Aug. 25. Fantasy owners have received a significant decrease in production from Dozier over the second half, as the second baseman has hit 19 of his 28 home runs in the first half of the season.
Slumping Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is out of the lineup Friday night against Indians tough right-hander Corey Kluber. Eduardo Escobar is set to man the position. Dozier has just three hits in 28 at-bats lifetime against Kluber and is on a 3-for-19 slide overall.
Twins All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier went 1 for 4 on Friday, but he slugged his team-leading 21st home run in the 10-1 thrashing of the Yankees. Dozier's eighth-inning blast put an end to the Twins' scoring for the night. Over his past 10 games, Dozier is batting .225 with three home runs (not counting the one he hit in the All-Star game).
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