First, Golden Eagles head coach Corky Palmer announced that Dozier – who’s been sidelined since April 16 with a broken collarbone – will be added to the roster for the College World Series, which begins this weekend in Omaha, Neb.
Southern Miss will play top-seeded Texas on Sunday night.
A little later, around noon, Dozier was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round of the major league baseball draft. Dozier was the 252nd overall selection.
Dozier’s double-play partner, second baseman James Ewing, was picked in the 12th round (374th overall) by the New York Mets.
Dozier was batting .394 in 35 starts before the injury snapped his streak of 131 consecutive starts.
The senior won’t likely play in the field because of reduced arm strength, Palmer said, but will be available as a pinch and designated hitter and could play defense in an emergency.
Dozier was one of several players with Northeast Mississippi ties to be picked as the baseball draft resumed Wednesday morning with the fourth round:
Scott Bittle, a righ-handed pitcher from Ole Miss whose season was cut short by injury, was taken with the 129th overall selection by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Nathan Baker, a left-handed Rebels pitcher, went 145th overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Jordan Henry, an Ole Miss outfielder, went 215 overall to the Cleveland Indians.
Joshua Hodges, a righty pitcher from Ingomar, was taken in the seventh round (218th overall) to the Florida Marlins. Hodges, who has signed with Northeast Mississippi Community College, told the Daily Journal that he has retained the services of an agent.
Connor Powers, the Mississippi State first baseman, went in the 11th round (337th overall) to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Chad Cregar, the Oxford native who slugged his way to prominence at Western Kentucky, went in the 15th round (458th overall) to the Florida Marlins.
Brett Bukvich, Ole Miss lefty pitcher, in the 18th round (548th overall) to Florida.
Phillip Irwin, Ole Miss righty pitcher, in the 21st round (625th overall) to Pittsburgh
Evan Button, Ole Miss shortstop, in the 22nd round (666th overall) to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Aaron Barrett, Ole Miss righty pitcher, in the 27th round (814th overall) to the Texas Rangers.
Christopher Corrigan, Ole Miss righty pitcher, in the 30th round (909th overall) to St. Louis.
Lex Rutledge, Tupelo High School lefty pitcher, 26th round (796th overall) to the Milwaukee Brewers