NotGraphs Video Scouting: Hunter Dozier, IF, Kansas City

Kansas City’s Hunter Dozier is a rare sort of prospect. He’s both physically impressive and athletic — and appears, at least from a small professional sample, to have something in the way both of power and contact skills. At the same time, however, he attended a school (Stephen F. Austin State) not particularly well-known for baseball in a conference (the Southland) not particularly well-known for baseball.

All considered, there was decided uncertainty about where Dozier would be selected in the most recent draft. About 29th, was Baseball America’s best guess entering the draft. Definitely eighth, was the actual result — which is to say, 21 spots higher.

Until late, there’s been little extant video of Dozier. To amend that, in part, the author has produced the piece embedded above, which features footage of Dozier from a recent Pioneer League game paired, for unknown reasons, with the theme song to 1978 film The Deer Hunter.




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Royals GM Dayton Moore
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Royals GM Dayton Moore

His plate discipline concerns me.

Shauncore
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Shauncore

Yes, he may be too discplined at the plate. A .360 OBP is just too high for a Royals player.

Ned Yost
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Ned Yost

He needs to play with more grit, like Getzy. Or Frenchy.

JJ Picolo
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JJ Picolo

Don’t worry, we’ll have him swinging on the first pitch and pounding grounders to the second baseman before you know it!

Paul
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Paul

I almost didn’t notice due to the all the tears, but his setup and swing are virtually identical to Brett Eibner’s when he was at Arkansas. I can only assume Eibner has changed nothing since then as he has been so bad there is open talk of moving him back to the mound. Better hope Sean Manaea’s a beast, chumps!

Before It Sucked
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Before It Sucked

What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Nevermind.

Brett
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Brett

Looks a lot like Wil Myers, no? Especially, efore Tampa adjusted his stance, but the swing and follow through are similar.

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