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Royals select shortstop Dozier in first round of MLB draft

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Stephen F. Austin shortstop Hunter Dozier throws to first base during a college baseball game against Louisiana Tech in February in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Kansas City Royals selected Dozier eighth overall in the draft on Thursday night.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals fell in love with Hunter Dozier early in the scouting process, and their opinion of the shortstop never wavered over the course of the college season.
On Thursday night, the Royals made sure to lock him up.
They selected the power-hitting prospect out of Stephen F. Austin with the eighth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft, passing over several players more highly rated by draft pundits and at least a couple of polished pitchers in the first major surprise of the night.
“It’s always unpredictable,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore ...


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