No. 24: Brian Dozier (18.9 WAR)
Since moving to Target Field, the Twins have had some trouble getting production from players. That has not been the case with second baseman Brian Dozier. Dozier has been one of the best at his position since coming up to the majors in 2012, and he continues to be a force in the Twins lineup.
His last three seasons have been phenomenal. In 2014, he hit 23 home runs and drove in 71 runs while posting 5.2 wins above replacement. In 2015, Dozier made his first All-Star team during a season when he hit 28 home runs and drove in 77 runs. But he saved his best for last season.
In 2016, Dozier had an incredible power surge. His 42 home runs ranked third in the American League and he had an American League tenth best 6.5 wins above replacement. To make the season more impressive he drove in 99 runs. His production hasn’t stopped in 2017.
This season, Dozier has six home runs and 16 RBIs in 39 games, along with seven stolen bases. His stolen bases rank tenth in the American League currently. His stolen bases have been an overlooked part of his game. He has 81 career stolen bases since coming into the league.
If Dozier keeps up his pace, he could crack the top 20 of this list by the end of the season. He has been dangerous in the Twins lineup for years and has been, arguably, their most valuable player in that time. If he stays with the Twins through the year, he will catapult up this list. If he stays beyond that, he could be looked at as one of the best in club history.