Royals sign 1st round pick Hunter Dozier

Kansas City Royals first round draft pick Hunter Dozier, right, watches batting practice before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, June 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Royals first round draft pick Hunter Dozier, right, watches batting practice before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, June 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

COURTESY: Kansas City Royals Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, MO (June 10, 2013) — The Kansas City Royals today announced the club has signed first-round draft choice Hunter Dozier, the eighth overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

The 21-year old Dozier, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound shortstop from Stephen F. Austin University, batted .396 with 17 home runs and 52 RBI this season. He led the Southland Conference in batting average, slugging percentage (.755), doubles (25) and home runs, earning Louisville Slugger First Team All-America honors. He was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection, becoming the first shortstop in school history to earn that distinction, and was an All-South Central Region selection last year, when he hit .357 with 22 doubles, 10 homers and 37 RBI.

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