Making the Grade: Ranking Second Basemen in the AL Central

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No. 3: Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins

Sep 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins manager

Ron Gardenhire

(35) and second baseman Brian Dozier (2) celebrate after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Minnesota won 12-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Dozier has been remarkably consistent since debuting with the Twins in 2012, but he has been consistently average.

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At 27 years old, Dozier is entering the prime of his career. He put together the best season of his young career last season, posting a .241 average while clubbing 23 home runs. He has posted two consecutive seasons with 33 doubles and saw his stolen bases increase from 14 in 2013 to 21 in 2014. Dozier became the first second basemen in Twins history and the 13th in Major League Baseball history to record 20-plus home runs and 20-plus stolen bases. He also scored the most runs in a season (112) in team history, a record held by Chuck Knoblauch (117) since 1997.

There is still a lot of untapped potential left in the Mississippi-native.

He has been scorching hot this spring, hitting .462 over nine games with two home runs. Dozier has also proven to be fairly durable during his career, turning in two consecutive seasons of 140-plus starts. Defensively, though, Dozier leaves a lot to be desired. He committed 15 errors last season after notching just six the previous season.

He certainly has the potential to become one of the most productive second basemen in the AL Central, but he is not there just yet. 

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