On Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit his 30th home run of the season. Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 190 pounds, Dozier lacks the typical build of a power hitter, and he hasn’t always been one. But the way Dozier found out he had power potential will blow your mind.
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STACK had the opportunity to talk to Dozier about his power hitting prowess. In the video above, the All-Star says he didn’t hit for power in high school or even in college. But when he joined the Twins’ AA team, he went golfing with hitting coach Tom Brunansky. After he started bombing golf balls 290 yards, Brunansky asked why his golf swing didn’t translate to his baseball swing.
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They went to the field to work on Dozier’s swing, and he started using his legs more—like he does when he swings a golf club. After perfecting the use of his legs to generate power, Dozier found his new power swing. The 29-year-old has led all second basemen in home runs for the last three seasons.
Check out the video below to see Dozier smash his 22nd home run in 53 games, and watch the video above to hear more about how he became a power hitter.