Brian Dozier, the Fulton product who’s been starting much of the season at shortstop for the Minnesota Twins as a rookie, was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after the Twins’ game on Tuesday night.
A Twins blogger provides some analysis here.
The 25-year-old Dozier, who played at IAHS and Southern Miss, was hitting .234 in 84 games with six home runs and 33 RBIs. There had been buzz this week at ESPN.com that the Twins’ management was considering sending Dozier down for more work on his hitting and fielding. Dozier has 15 errors this season.
“I’d have sent me down, too,” Dozier told reporters. Last year, he was the Twins’ minor leaguer of the year.
Minnesota assistant GM Rob Antony told the local ESPN Radio affiliate that the demotion to Triple A was as chance for Dozier to “get his confidence back offensively and defensively.” Story here.
He may have made the decision easier with a play in the field on Sunday that that led to a Twins loss, after he failed to try to throw home in tie game. It didn’t go into the books as an error, but was portrayed by the Twins’ local media as a mental lapse.
Jamey Carroll (.247) started Monday and Tuesday at shortstop for Minnesota.
A quick fan favorite despite his struggles, Dozier has been the subject of a couple recent stories in the Daily Journal, this one from about a month ago and this one from about two weeks ago. Always, he’s been unfailingly good to deal with.
A couple of things that jump out after looking in depth at Dozier’s batting stats – he was hitting only .206 in night games, .227 against right-handed pitchers and .207 with runners in scoring position. He had 16 walks against 58 strikeouts and a .271 on-base percentage.
Dozier was hitting .276 in 28 games at Rochester – with a much better .339 on-base percentage – before his callup in early May. At Triple-A, he was hitting .316 against right-handers.