When a team is struggling like the Minnesota Twins, they’ve got to try something to break out of their slump. The Twins have turned to Brian Dozier to spark a turnaround, naming him the starting shortstop beginning today.
I guess they figured since none of their current players could hit Jered Weaver, they’d call up somebody from the minors to see if they could get the job done.
The Twins were no-hit by Weaver Wednesday and have to face the Los Angeles Angels ace again tonight at Target Field. Minnesota is desperate for any kind of offense after totaling just nine hits over their past four games.
Dozier turned heads last year in the minors, hitting .320 with a .399 on-base percentage and stole 24 bases between High-A and Double-A. He hit .277 with three home runs over 22 games this spring and had been hitting .276 at Triple-A.
While those are certainly solid numbers. Especially coming from a shortstop, Dozier is far from a franchise savior.
In fact, to call Dozier a prospect is being generous. He turns 25-years-old on the 15th of this month, but was just getting his first taste of Triple-A this season, meaning he was older than the competition for much of his minor league career.
Dozier will be replacing Jamey Carroll, who will serve as the team’s utility infielder. Carroll, 38, is hitting .208 with three extra-base hits in 101 at bats. Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla has never played in 100 games in his career and third baseman Danny Valencia is hitting just .216, so Carroll should still see his name on the lineup card plenty despite losing his starting role.
At 7-20, the Twins have the worst record in baseball. They rank last in the American League in runs scored and have the worst team ERA in all of baseball at 5.69.