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Stingers notebook: Dozier No. 11 3B prospect in minor leagues

Baseball America ranked Kansas City Royals’ prospect and 2012 Stinger shortstop Hunter Dozier as the No. 11 third base prospect in the minor leagues in their rankings released Feb. 21. Dozier was also recently ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the Royals’ system by BA. BA’s scouting report said that “Dozier has an advanced feel for hitting, sorting out pitches early in the count to get into favorable situations, but he’s equally comfortable hitting with two strikes … Dozier has an above-average hit tool and the potential to have at least solid-average power as well, if some of those (30) doubles begin clearing the fence.” He was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft out of Stephen F. Austin.

Bates Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week

Former Stinger pitcher Nick Bates (St. Louis) was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 17. He tossed 4.2 shutout innings in relief against No. 21 Alabama on Feb. 14, striking out two and earning the win.


Most Division I programs started their seasons in the past two weeks. Here are some higlights:

n 2012 Stingers’ pitcher Richie Navari tossed a complete game for Louisiana Tech in a 5-2 victory over Tulane  on Sunday. Navari has a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings.

n Top USC recruit Jeremy Martinez, who will play for the Stingers this summer, is hitting .367 in 30 at-bats.

n St. Cloud State’s Kyle and Garrett Fischer, who both played for the Stingers in 2012, were named to the Tino Martinez Award 125-player watch list for the most outstanding player in all of Division II.

The winner will be announced June 2 after the D-II championship. 

n Florida Gulf Coast first baseman Nick Rivera, who will play for the Stingers this summer, broke his nose when he took a ball to the face trying to scoop out a throw to first.

Stingers’ co-owner Ryan Voz said Rivera will be fine.

Rivera, a sophomore out of Cape Coral, Fla., is hitting .345 with five doubles in 29 at-bats. 

n FGCU’s Michael Suchy is hitting .300 with two doubles and two triples in 30 at-bats.

n 2013 Stingers’ pitcher Michael Murray has a 0.63 ERA with 13 strikeouts over two starts and 14.1 innings for FGCU. Fellow Eagles’ pitcher Brady Anderson has two saves in four appearances in his first time on the field since missing last season with a knee injury.

n Redshirt sophomore shortstop Alex Greene, who will play for the Stingers this summer, is leading West Florida with a .333 average

n Tanner Banks (Utah), who pitched for the Stingers in 2011 and 2012, has a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 innings with 11 strikeouts.

n Jake Stinnett has 18 strikeouts over 13 innings pitched for Maryland. The senior righthander pitched for Willmar in 2011.

Upcoming Stingers on TV

2/26: 3 p.m. ESPN3, Davidson at NC State (Andrew Woeck)

3/5: 3 p.m. ESPN3, North Carolina A&T at NC State (Woeck)

3/7: 3 p.m. ESPN3, Notre Dame at NC State (Woeck)

3/8: 4 p.m. ESPN3, Notre Dame at NC State (Woeck)

3/9: 1 p.m. ESPN3, Notre Dame at NC State (Woeck)

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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