Dozier is a solid athlete, having played quarterback at Denton High School in Texas
Hunter accepted a baseball scholarship to Stephen F. Austin University, majoring in kinesiology.
In 2013, his junior year at SFA, he hit .396 with 16 home runs and became the highest drafted player in school history.
Dozier works hard at preparing for the game. His work ethic is exemplary.
June 6, 2013: Hunter was the Royals' surprise first-round pick, 8th overall, out of Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He signed for $2.2 million, much lower than the assigned slot amount of $3,137,800. "I'm happy to go that high and super excited to be here," Dozier said.
Most had Dozier at between the 35th and 40th pick in the draft. Dozier was #40 in the final Baseball America rankings, and no prognosticator projected him to go nearly as high as No. 8. The commentators at the main desk during MLB Network’s telecast reacted with such shock that the daughter of one Royals official asked her father why the team picked Dozier. Local radio hosts called for the dismissal of Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore and the rest of his front office.
Hunter had always dreamed of playing in the big leagues. Now, he's a few steps closer after being selected eighth overall and signing with the club
With his parents, Kelly and Kelly, watching, Dozier received his No The Doziers gathered with their extended family to watch the draft, and when his name was announced eighth overall, his mother said you could only describe it as a roar
With his parents, Kelly and Kelly, watching, Dozier received his No. 1 jersey before heading out to batting practice with the team prior to game against the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. "You always want to see your kid's dreams come true, and you know as a parent it's not always going to happen," his father said. "You just keep telling them to keep working hard, keep working, keep doing everything right and good things will happen. When you see it actually happen, it is hard to explain."
The Doziers gathered with their extended family to watch the draft, and when his name was announced eighth overall, his mother said you could only describe it as a roar. "There was so much emotion, the tears," she said. "We've never been a part of something so amazing. There wasn't a dry eye in the house."
Mitch Thompson, the Royals' South Texas scout, was the first to really pay attention to Dozier, a Nacogdoches, Texas native, and who eventually signed him to a contract. "The physical tools and the physical body just jump off the field at you, to start with. You watch him play and watch him handle himself on a daily basis swinging the bat is always impressive," Thompson said. "He moves, he runs, he throws, he does a lot of neat things."
When Thompson's positive reviews made it to Kansas City, the club started further research and director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said everyone had the same reaction. "Everybody fell in love with him," Goldberg said. "They fell in love with the way that he played, his passion for the game, his makeup, the way he treats his teammates. We just fell in love with him."
Before the draft, Dozier and his father met with the Royals and really hit it off
Before the draft, Dozier and his father met with the Royals and really hit it off. Both parents compared the feeling to the confidence they had leaving him at a good college like Stephen F. Austin. "It was actually like they were asking us to please stay, but not just my family, it was everyone who was there," Dozier's dad said. "They just opened their arms and I was very impressed. After we left here, I said, 'Please, please, I want Kansas City to pick him.'" And the feeling was mutual.
"When Hunter and his father, Kelly, came in for the workout, I had the opportunity to sit down with them and talk to them about his vision and how he felt he had progressed as a player and his vision for his career, and it was a very, very easy sell," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "He was the kind of player that grabbed us, took a hold of us and he would have been somebody that if we weren't able to select, it would have been very disappointing."
Dozier grew up watching the Rangers and has tried to model his game after Michael Young, because of the way he mixes talent on the field and integrity off of it. Once you start to see deeper into the kid, he's All-American in every way, shape or form," Royals scout Mitch Thompson said. "Not only are you getting the baseball player that has the tools, but you get the person that you want to be around on a daily basis. Hard worker, diligent, great teammate. What a great kid."
Dozier also played quarterback during high school and he says that's where he learned how to be a leader. He learned how to work hard from his parents. His father is a pilot for American Airlines and his mother is a homemaker. (Gier - mlb.com-6/10/13)
In 2014, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Dozier as the 7th-best prospect in the Royals' organization. They moved him up to #5 in the winter before 2015 spring training, but dropped all the way down to #30 early in 2016. But he was back up to #3 in the spring of 2017. And he was 8th-best Royals prospect in the offseason before 2018 spring camp opened.
In 2016, Dozier was named MLB Pipeline's Royals Player of the Year.
Dec 21, 2018: Hunter Dozier, emerging as the Royals' third baseman of the future, always looks forward to Christmas. But he is really looking forward to Christmas next year. That's when Dozier and his wife, Amanda, will introduce their son, Bodhi, now just 15 months, to a Dozier family tradition: An all-out Christmas celebration.
"We'll do Christmas at my parents this year and then next year when Bodhi is a year older, we'll kind of replicate what my parents do at our place so he can really get a taste of it," Dozier said "My parents were awesome about Christmas when I was growing up," Dozier said But what was really fun was my parents would get up in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve and put a trail of Hershey's Kisses from our bedrooms all the way to the Christmas tree And convincing Dozier can look back fondly on those childhood memories "Probably the biggest ones were when Devin and I got dirt bikes," Dozier said Growing up in Denton, which is north of Dallas, Dozier didn't get to experience too many snowy Christmases, though that hardly hampered the mood Even now, those Christmas movies make Dozier sentimental "I started dating my wife in high school and she didn't really experience the type of Christmases we had growing up," Dozier said
"We'll do Christmas at my parents this year and then next year when Bodhi is a year older, we'll kind of replicate what my parents do at our place so he can really get a taste of it," Dozier said. The Christmas season has always been special for Dozier. Growing up in Denton, Texas, his parents, both named Kelly, always went all-in on the Christmas spirit.
"My parents were awesome about Christmas when I was growing up," Dozier said. "They just went all out. We'd open some gifts on Christmas Eve. Then open the rest on Christmas morning.
But what was really fun was my parents would get up in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve and put a trail of Hershey's Kisses from our bedrooms all the way to the Christmas tree. And they'd have half-eaten cookies laying out where Santa had come down the chimney during the night. And they put footprints of where Santa had come down from the chimney. It was really great."
And convincing. "I probably was in sixth or seventh grade before I found out Santa wasn't real," Dozier said. "My older brother [Devin] already knew but didn't say anything. And when I found out—I have a younger sister [Kenzie] —my parents made me promise not to ruin it for her. So I didn't."
Dozier can look back fondly on those childhood memories. His all-time favorite Christmas presents?
"Probably the biggest ones were when Devin and I got dirt bikes," Dozier said. "That was great. My dad was really into motocross. But usually it was anything hockey-related. I was big into hockey growing up. Hockey sticks, skates, stuff like that was always on my Christmas list."
Growing up in Denton, which is north of Dallas, Dozier didn't get to experience too many snowy Christmases, though that hardly hampered the mood. "We probably had about two or three white Christmases," Dozier said. "In Texas, you can get either 85 degrees on Christmas or 25 degrees and snow, or 35 degrees and sleet. But my favorites were the white Christmases. That just made it seem like what you see in the movies."
Even now, those Christmas movies make Dozier sentimental. His favorite is The Santa Clause with Tim Allen. But Hunter and Amanda record all Christmas movies when they can. And now they are eager to share their love of Christmas with Bodhi.
"I started dating my wife in high school and she didn't really experience the type of Christmases we had growing up," Dozier said. "So when she had one with us, she was blown away. She said, 'We definitely have to do this when we have kids.'" And they will. (J Flanagan - MLB.com - Dec 21, 2018)