Brian Dozier didn't repeat his AL-record 42 home runs for a second baseman, but had the second best season of his career by hitting 34 home runs and winning his first Gold Glove. He drew more walks (11.1 percent from 8.8 percent) but his 20 percent strikeout rate was identical to what he produced in 2016. Dozier rode a career-best .300 BABIP to a career-best .271 average. His batted-ball profile has improved over the past couple seasons, so he shouldn't revert back to his career .276 BABIP, but some slight batting average regression should be expected. He should continue running while frequently hitting in the leadoff spot where he's been most comfortable even though his power may play better later in the order. This placement has allowed him to produce four straight 100-plus run seasons, and there is no reason to expect a dropoff. Among second basemen, only Jose Altuve and Jose Ramirez can keep up with Dozier's reliable production in the four major counting stats.
Dozier rejoined the Twins at spring training Wednesday after requiring the removal of a kidney stone a day earlier, Dan Hayes of The Athletic Minnesota reports. Dozier will likely be back around full health in the near future after missing the past two days of camp due to the issue. Expect the second baseman to resume his typical activities by the end of the week.
Dozier missed Monday's full-squad workout due to kidney stones and will visit a specialist, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. It doesn't sound like the issue will set him back in spring training for more than a few days, but those who are considering drafting Dozier may want to check back in on his condition later this spring to make sure he's resumed working out.
Dozier is out of Saturday's lineup against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The Twins are giving the veteran second baseman his second day off in the last three games, as they attempt to get him as fresh as possible for the wild-card game. Ehire Adrianza will start at the keystone and hit ninth.
Dozier is out of the lineup against Cleveland on Thursday, MLBpressbox.com reports. Dozier heads to the bench for the first time since mid-August now that the Twins have officially secured a spot in the AL Wild-Card Game next Tuesday. For Thursday's series finale against the Indians, Niko Goodrum will man the keystone and bat ninth in the order.
Dozier went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, three RBI and three runs against Cleveland on Tuesday. He's now reached the 90-RBI mark and cleared 100 runs for the season, and Dozier isn't done yet. It's been an impressive campaign for the veteran second baseman, and he's finishing strong, having gone 16-for-45 (.356) with three homers, seven RBI and 14 runs over the last 11 games.