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Tribune file photo Hunter Dozier makes a throw to first during the 2012 season as a member of the Willmar Stingers. Dozier was selected eighth overall by the Kansas City Royals in the 2013 MLB draft on Thursday.

Kansas City selects former Stinger Dozier eighth overall


WILLMAR — Hunter Dozier has gone from the Northwoods League to a Top 10 draft pick in less than a year.

The Kansas City Royals selected the former Willmar Stingers shortstop with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft on Thursday.

He became the highest pick in Stingers’ history, besting Jordan Smith’s ninth-round selection to the Cleveland Indians in 2011.

Dozier said the Royals had some discussions with him before the draft.

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Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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