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Underrated Players: Brian Dozier

Dozier has hit 61 Homeruns and driven in 206 in parts of four seasons Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Dozier has hit 61 Homeruns and driven in 206 in parts of four seasons
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Baseball in Minnesota is beginning to look up again, and one of the biggest reasons is Brian Dozier. After the Twins made the playoffs in 2002-2004 then again in 2006, they have not made one postseason appearance. But this year they are looking much better and may even end their eight year playoff drought. The 28 year old second baseman is in his fourth big league season and has been one of the few bright spots through their bad seasons. With minimal lineup protection Dozier has 100 doubles, 61 homeruns, 206 RBI, 50 steals, and is hitting .244. Dozier has a tremendous combination of power and speed that very few second baseman possess. In 2014 he hit 23 Homeruns and stole 21 bags. While Dozier was tied for the MLB lead in homeruns among second baseman last year, as well as sixth in RBI, 5th in steals, and fifth in on base percentage, he did not make the All-Star team. Thus far in 2015 he leads second baseman in homeruns, RBI, and is second in slugging percentage, but as of June 22nd is not even in the top five in the A.L. second baseman All-Star vote leaders. Playing for a small market team with little media attention has certainly caused his lack of recognition, but if he continues to produce at this level he will one day be recognized as one of the MLB's top second baseman. 

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