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Updated: September 2nd, 2013 3:25pm
Brian Dozier has quietly emerged as a top-10 second baseman

Brian Dozier has quietly emerged as a top-10 second baseman

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Aside from some positive storylines in the minor leagues, this season has been mostly forgettable and unproductive for the Minnesota Twins, who are on pace to lose at least 90 games for the third straight season.

Brian Dozier, however, has been a bright spot.

Dozier launched his 16th home run of the season in Houston on Monday, raising his batting line (as of the fifth inning) to .245/.313/.433. His 16 home runs and 58 RBIs both rank tops on the team now that Justin Morneau is gone. Since May 28, Dozier is hitting .264/.341/.494.

Among second basemen with at least 300 plate appearances, Dozier's .746 OPS ranks 11th, his 16 home runs are tied for fourth, his 10 stolen bases rank eighth, and his 30 doubles rank sixth. Dozier ranks 10th among second basemen in Wins Above Replacement (2.4).

Dozier, by the above measurements, appears to be a top-10 major league second baseman. And if we are to believe that his early-season hiccups are a thing of the past, it's possible he could continue to climb that ladder.

People with the Twins credit the transformation to Dozier's concentration on pulling the ball early in counts.

Now, about the rest of the team... 

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Brian Dozier, Justin Morneau
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