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Royals make a surprise pick.

What year is this?
What year is this?
Mike Stobe

With the eighth pick in the 2013 draft (or as Bud Selig has been referring to it all evening - "the 2000 draft") the Royals selected shortstop Hunter Dozier from Stephen F. Austin State.

Baseball America ranked Dozier in the low 30s and had him pegged as a potential late first rounder.

The scouting report from BA:

Scouts describe him as a Jeff Kent-style player in a Drew Stubbs body. Dozier has adjusted his approach this spring, abandoning a crouch and standing more upright, allowing him to use his hands better in his swing. He’s also doing a better job of managing the strike zone and with a month to go before the draft, he was hitting .404 and ranked fourth in NCAA Division I in doubles (22), homers (14) and slugging (.770).

Dozier was not selected in the first round of the Perfect Game mock draft.

Keith Law said Dozier was "probably" the best shortstops in a draft light at that position. He had him going in the late first round.

This qualifies as a legitimate reach. However, with the new slotting structure of the draft, there will be speculation the Royals have a deal already in place which will free up some more cash to spend later in the draft. Of course, we will have to wait and see how the rest of the early rounds unfold.

More analysis and linkage from JKWard:

Personal reactions aside, here's a quick primer on Hunter Dozier from around the web.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 220 lbs., Dozier stands out for his right-handed power. He has very strong hands and uses his lower half very well, allowing him to do most of his damage the other way to right field. His bat control and quick swing still allow him to catch up to inside pitches and avoid getting jammed. The offensive tools all play up because Dozier knows the strike zone well and waits for his pitch. Although he moves well for his size and is a good athlete, he’ll wind up at either second or third base as a pro.

Keith Law (subs. req’d) and Baseball America ranked Dozier as the 38th and 39th best prospect in the draft class in their latest rankings, respectively.

Link: River Ave. Blues

MLB Prospect Guide had Dozier listed at #95 on May 16th.

Last but not least is Hunter Dozier. Currently listed as a shortstop, it seems likely that a transition to third or second base is in his future if reports are accurate. Even so, he’s been right near the top of the Division I leaderboard in wOBA the past two years. His strong approach and surprising pop could make him and interesting up-the-middle bat as a pro. If he can manage to stick at 2nd base, Dozier’s power could quietly make him the next most valuable college bat to come out of this draft class.

Link: Minor League Rundown

Baseball America's last-ditch mock draft had Dozier going #29 to the Rays.

Only video on Dozier I could find:

So there you go. The Royals drafted a shortstop who will probably end up at second or third, whose bat profiles for a corner infielder, and was projected to go somewhere just ahead of when they make their second pick at #34.