Dozier settling in nicely as everyday shortstop

Dozier settling in nicely as everyday shortstop

DETROIT -- Shortstop Brian Dozier is certainly finding a home in the big leagues.

The 25-year-old, who began the season in the Minors and made his Major League debut on May 7, was hitting .286 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs over his first 10 games.

"He's playing well, with a lot of intensity," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's got a good swing. He's very athletic. Moves around a lot out there. He's paying attention. We like all those things."

Dozier was an integral part in the Twins piling up a season-high 11 runs Wednesday night in Detroit, as he scored the game's first run and hit a three-run home run in his second at-bat. The Twins needed all of his offense to beat the Tigers, 11-7, in the high-scoring affair.

Dozier won the club's Minor League Player of the Year Award last year, hitting .320 with 33 doubles, nine home runs and 56 RBIs. He came into the season ranked as the Twins' No. 14 prospect, according to MLB.com. In 28 games with Triple-A Rochester this season before being called up to the Majors, Dozier was hitting .276.

In 10 games with Minnesota, he has four multihit games and has hit safely in seven of the 10 he's played. He's also taken over the role of everyday shortstop, where he's committed only one error.

"I like all parts of it right now," Gardenhire said. "He needs to keep that intensity and continue to work like he's been working. But it's fun to watch."