Full name is Hunter William Dozier…resides in Argyle, Texas, with wife, Amanda, and son, Bodhi...Graduated from Denton (Texas) High School…lettered in both baseball and football…missed his senior football season due to a broken collarbone...Attended Stephen F. Austin University…left as the school's career leader in hits and doubles…named Southland Conference Player of the Year in 2013 and a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award (best shortstop in college baseball)...Participated in Royals FanFest each of the last three years (2017-19)...also participated in a Special Olympics Clinic and a PLAY Clinic for area youth through Royals Charities.
Started in 95 of the Royals' 122 games following his May 14 recall, including starts at: first base (50), third base (35), designated hitter (8) and right field (2)…after starting at first base, designated hitter or right field in each of his first 39 games, 35 of his last 56 were at third base...Hit .295/.336/.543 (31-for-105) with 14 extra-base hits (5 HR) and 13 RBI during a 29-game stretch from July 23-Sept. 4...During a three-week stretch from Aug. 16-Sept. 4, his average exit velocity of 93.6 mph ranked eighth in the Majors, according to Statcast...He and fellow rookie Ryan O'Hearn homered in the same game four times, including: Aug. 24, Aug. 31, Sept. 3 and Sept. 25…they were the first set of Royals rookies to each hit double-digit home runs in the same season since Angel Berroa (17) and Ken Harvey (13) in 2003...Five of his 11 homers gave the Royals a lead, including a solo HR in the ninth inning on Sept. 25 in Cincinnati that broke a 3-3 tie...Hit his first career home run on May 30 vs. Minnesota off Aaron Slegers, a solo shot in the seventh inning of an 11-8 win...Hit his first career walk-off homer on Aug. 24 vs. Cleveland…it was the second of back-to-back homers with O'Hearn, making them the first duo of rookies in Major League history to hit back-to-back game-tying and game-ending HR in the ninth inning or later, according to Elias Sports Bureau...Six of his 11 homers and 19 of his 34 RBI came in his last 32 games from Aug. 22 through season's end…he had just five roundtrippers and 15 RBI through his first 70 games... Reached safely in five of his six plate appearances as a pinch-hitter, including three hits, most by a Royal since Billy Butler (4) in 2014…had a game-tying pinch-hit double in the ninth inning on Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh.
Limited to a career-low 33 games due to a strained left oblique and a left hand injury ... Started the season on the 60-day DL with a strained left oblique…made three rehab appearances in Wilmington (A) and two in Omaha (AAA) before being reinstated on June 1 ... Placed on the 7-day DL on June 9 with a left hand injury…returned on Aug. 2 for a six-game rehab stint with Northwest Arkansas (AA), before being reinstated with Omaha on Aug. 15 ... All four of his home runs came in 17 games following his second DL stint, including a two-homer game on Aug. 19 at Round Rock ... Played in 19 games with Naranjeros de Hermosillo of the Mexican Winter League and hit .211 (16-for-76) with four homers and 12 RBI.
Hit .296/.366/.533 between Omaha (AAA) and Northwest Arkansas (AA), setting career highs in runs (79), hits (144), doubles (44), homers (23) and RBI (75)...Selected from Omaha on Sept. 2 and made his Major League debut on Sept. 12…recorded his first hit on Sept. 15 and first RBI - a go-ahead single in a 3-2 win over Chicago - Sept. 17...Played in eight games with Kansas City and made five starts, all in right field...Named Omaha Player of the Year, batting .294/.357/.506 (115-for-391) with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 103 games…finished second in the PCL with 36 doubles despite not making his debut until May 7...Recorded three multi-home run games, including two with Omaha on May 19 and July 25...Batted .305/.400/.642 (29-for-95) with eight home runs and 21 RBI in 26 games with the Naturals before his promotion to Triple-A.
Entered 2015 rated as the No. 5 prospect in the Royals' minor league system by Baseball America ... Spent the entire year with Northwest Arkansas (AA), playing in 128 games…tied for ninth in the Texas League in games played, 10th in runs scored and tied for 11th in doubles.
Tabbed Wilmington Player of the Year in 2014, leading the club in on-base (.397) and slugging (.429) ... Rated by Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect in the Royals' organization before the 2014 season…also named "Best Hitter for Average" and hitter with the "Best Strike-Zone Discipline." ... Played for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League in 2014…hit .256 (22-for-86) with six doubles, a homer and a .390 on-base percentage…named to the AFL's All-Prospect Team.
Rated as the Pioneer League's top prospect by Baseball America in 2013 ... Led the Pioneer League in doubles…also finished fifth in walks and on-base percentage (.403), sixth in OPS (.912) and ninth in slugging (.509).