May 6, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Brian Dozier has gotten the call.
The former Golden Eagle baseball standout has been called up to the Minnesota Twins and will join the team Monday in the Twin Cities in time for the team's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, according to a release by the organization. Dozier played for the Golden Eagles from 2006-09.
In 224 career games at Southern Miss, he hit .355 with 55 doubles, seven triples, 16 home runs and 152 runs batted in. He was a member of the team's lone appearance to the College World Series in 2009.
"He is one of the best players that I had the opportunity to coach during my career," said former Southern Miss coach Corky Palmer. "He is a very loyal individual and a great ambassador for Southern Miss baseball. He has earned it all the way through at every level that he has played. I couldn't be happier for Brian."
Currently in Triple-A with the Rochester Red Wings, Dozier is hitting .276 this season with seven doubles, a home run and 12 RBI.
Selected by the Twins in the eighth round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Dozier was named the Sherry Robertson Award winner as the Twins Minor League Player of the Year in 2011. He batted .320 (157-for-491) with 33 doubles, 12 triples, nine home runs and 56 RBI in 127 games between Single-A Ft. Myers and Double-A New Britain. In addition, he stole 24 bases and scored 92 runs.
He will replace Justin Morneau on the Twins roster that goes to the disabled list retroactive to May 1 with a sore right wrist.
Dozier will wear uniform number 20.
The Fulton, Miss., native becomes the 16th former Golden Eagle to make the Big Leagues.