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Minnesota Twins’ Brian Dozier Quietly Exhibiting Rare Skill Set

Minnesota Twins’ Brian Dozier Exhibiting Rare Skill Set

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Five-tool players in MLB are very rare. That said, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is quickly and quietly developing into one of these rare and irreplaceable players.

Through 31 games and 151 plate appearances, Dozier has produced some staggering statistics. Dozier has hit eight home runs and stolen 11 bases while scoring 31 runs, which ranks second most in MLB. He also has an OBP of .358, which makes his .232 BA acceptable (though he will need to improve it to be a five-tool asset. As a result, his current WAR, 1.8, ranks fourth in MLB behind only Troy Tulowitzki, Mike Trout and Giancarlo Stanton.

If Dozier is able to continue at his current pace, he will finish the season with around 40 home runs and 50 stolen bases. While he likely will not continue this torrid pace over the course of a 162-game season, a slight reduction would still be exceptional.

On top of his excellent hitting, Dozier has played Gold Glove level defense. In 164 total chances, he has only committed two errors. While his error total is about league average, his exceptional range and above-average arm strength allow him to make more difficult plays that the run-of-mill second basemen in the league cannot.

At 27 years of age, Dozier is just now entering his prime years. It is very possible that these statistics could become the standard for Dozier over the course of the rest of this season and in future seasons. If Dozier can continue to produce at the level he has so far this season, he will soon be recognized as one of the most well-rounded players in all of baseball.

Robert Reidell is a Minnesota Vikings Writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+