SAN DIEGO, CA (Press Release)- Hunter Dozier, who made his mark as arguably the best baseball player in Stephen F. Austin program history, achieved another major milestone when the Kansas City Royals’ prospect learned he was one of 25 players from the minor leagues to earn a roster spot on the United States team for the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Games which will be played at Petco Park in San Diego on Sunday, July 10.
Since 1999, the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game has been held annually as a part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and pits the best minor league prospects from the United States against a squad of prospects from all other countries in the world.
The eighth overall pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals, Dozier spent the first portion of his 2016 campaign playing for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals – Kansas City’s AA feeder squad – before getting called up to AAA Omaha on May 7 where the third baseman began to thrive.
Since his promotion to the Storm Chasers in early May, Dozier has produced a slash line of .292/.340/.481 in 48 games which striking for 14 doubles and seven home runs. The Denton, Texas, product has driven in 23 runs for the Storm Chasers and ranks third on the team in home runs, fourth in doubles and fifth in batting average.
In just his 11th game at the AAA level, Dozier busted out by slugging a pair of home runs and driving in three runs as part of a 3-for-5 day at the dish in a 12-3 triumph over the Reno Aces.
Thus far in his minor league career, Dozier has logged time in some 401 games while hitting .258 with 42 home runs and 208 RBI.
Once his 2013 season was in the books, Dozier drew the curtain on a stellar baseball career at SFA by earning first-team All-America honors, and being named SLC Player and Hitter of the Year. A two-time first-team All-SLC selection, Dozier led the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, doubles, home runs and total bases in 2013, and finished the regular season ranked among the nation’s top five in each category.
In only three seasons with the ‘Jacks, Dozier left Nacogdoches as the school’s all-time leader in hits and doubles. He also owns the single-season record for multi-hit games and doubles.
As well as his All-America honors, Dozier became the first Lumberjack in program history to be named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He was also a national finalist for both the Brooks Wallace Award (nation’s top shortstop), and semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award (top player).
With his selection in the MLB Draft, Dozier became the highest Southland Conference draft pick in any sport since Andrew Toney’s eighth-overall selection by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1980 NBA Draft.
The 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game is just one of the highlights of the MLB’s All-Star Week at Petco Park and in the city of San Diego. Dozier and the rest of the United States team will take on the World Team in the Futures Game at 6:00 p.m. CT on the MLB Network. The game will also be streamed live on MLB.com and can be listened to on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89, SiriusXM channel 209).