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Continued: Scoggins: After tuneup from Brunansky, Dozier's mechanics are in sync

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 30, 2014 - 6:30 AM

Dozier doesn’t pretend to be a finished product as a hitter. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts and raise his batting average (.243) to become more consistent at the plate. As he demonstrated Thursday, he’s still capable of becoming saucer-eyed at the sight of a juicy pitch.

He’s a gamer, though, which is something this organization desperately needs more of. There is nothing blasé about his approach. His emergence doesn’t feel like a fluke, either. He should only continue to improve.

Twins officials rave about the amount of time Dozier devotes to studying pitchers on video and his willingness to make necessary adjustments when needed. Dozier uses that meeting with his hitting coach in Detroit last May as a valuable reference point.

“Anybody can have a good month or two months,” Dozier said. “You’ve got to find what type of player you are, what type of hitter you are, and just learn everything about being a professional day in and day out.”

 

Chip Scoggins chip.scoggins@startribune.com

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