The Kansas City Royals have spent the 2013 season trying to find some offense, having already replaced their hitting coach. They needed to find some help, and they did that by selecting shortstop Hunter Dozier from Stephen F. Austin State University with the eighth pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. The problem with this pick is the fact that he was probably picked way too high by Kansas City. I’m not sure that the selection was out of desperation, but there were better options available for this team.
Dozier did hit .396 with 17 home runs and 52 RBIs this season, and while he did steal 12 bases as well, I really think the team needed to find more pitching. I worry a lot however about what the future holds with the pitching staff. They traded a lot to get James Shields and Wade Davis in the offseason. The farm system needs to be reloaded after that deal. It would have been better to take a pitcher with the no. 8 pick.
We will have to see if this pick was made with money in mind, which is quite possible since most experts had Dozier being picked late in the first round or early in the second round. If that is the case, this could turn into a great pick in the end if he can take his skills to Kaufmann Stadium within the next two years. There is a spot available at shortstop right now; second base is also open. There is a lot to like about what Dozier can do, however, and he might be moved to third base in the future if the team wanted to move Mike Moustakas at some point. Dayton Moore will get looked at in a very bad way though if Dozier doesn’t pan out and one of the pitchers like Phil Bickford taken after him works out.