Hunter Dozier is projected to be chosen in the opening rounds of Thursday's MLB Draft.
June 4, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – With the season done for the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and awards continuing to roll in for all-America shortstop Hunter Dozier, attention is now being paid to Dozier’s potential landing spot in next week’s MLB Draft.
The first 73 overall picks - rounds one and two, plus supplemental picks - of the draft are scheduled for Thursday, June 6 and will be aired on MLB.com and the MLB Network.
Dozier has rocketed up draft projections with a junior season which has him ranked in the national top 10 in multiple offensive categories. Despite playing shortstop for all three of his seasons at SFA, it is possible, if not likely, that he could be shifted to third base at the next level.
That transition would not be unfamiliar for him as he played third base during each of the past two summers with the East Texas Pump Jacks (Texas Collegiate League) and the Willmar Stingers (Northwoods League).
At 6-4, 220 pounds, Dozier brings a prototypical frame to the draft board, but has elevated his stock with increased power numbers during his junior year and steadily increasing statistics in his three-year career.
Draft expert Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com had Dozier ranked as the No. 46 overall prospect in this year’s draft, while ESPN’s Keith Law had him pegged with the No. 29 overall pick in his latest mock draft. Meanwhile, Baseball America has him slotted as the 39th overall prospect, and fourth overall shortstop, including the top available shortstop from the Division I ranks.
In just three years Dozier already ranks first all-time at SFA with 225 hits and 59 doubles, second in runs scored (128), home runs (32), RBI (121) and walks (75). He also holds the top two single-season records at SFA with 24 doubles in 2013 and 22 in 2012, while his 17 home runs in 2013 is fourth all-time in a single season.
SFA has had 15 players previously selected in the MLB Draft, but none higher than Bryson Myles in 2011 who was taken in the sixth round (188th overall) by the Cleveland Indians. Should Dozier be chosen in the first round, he would be the eighth first round pick in Southland history and the first since UT Arlington’s Michael Choice was chosen 10th overall by the Oakland A’s in 2010.
Dozier is not the only player in the Southland highly regarded by draft experts, joining Oral Roberts right-hander Alex Gonzalez in that category. Should each manage to go in the first round, it would be the first time in Southland Conference history to have a pair of first-round choices in the same draft year.