2015 Twins: Who Burns The Basepaths?
Jun 4, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) reacts to his attempt to steal third base against the Milwaukee Brewers at Target Field. Originally called out, a review of the play reversed the call. The Twins win 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
2. Brian Dozier
A year ago, Brian Dozier was one of the select few, and first, members of the 20/20 club. Having hit 23 home runs and stolen 21 bases, Dozier proved to be an asset in nearly every facet of the game in 2014. It is because of those reasons that the Twins are likely going to pay him the big contract he has proven he deserves.
As we look towards 2015, I think Dozier is actually capable of stealing a few more bases. His average was right near his career mark, and his .345 on base percentage was solid. Give me the Molitor effect when accounting for the extra usage on the basepaths.
I’d guess Dozier hits out of the two hole, and he will have plenty of opportunities to get into scoring position batting ahead of Joe Mauer. Dozier was caught seven times last season, and that’s probably a mark he can also improve on. I would wager somewhere around 25 stolen bases is fair for Dozier in 2015.