Dozier, 23, continued to abuse pitchers in rookie ball for the Royals, hitting seven homers while posting a .912 OPS.
Even at Class A Advanced Wilmington in the Carolina League -- a pitchers' league -- Dozier managed an impressive .826 OPS last season before getting promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
After a decent start there, something strange happened to Dozier. He went through a slump, an actual, nasty two-week stretch in which he went 5-for-42.
Dozier was startled. He calls it the worst hitting slump of his young baseball life.
"I started out really well there and then ... I really struggled," Dozier said.
Dozier doesn't think it was necessarily the normal struggles a hitter might face as he climbs through the Minor Leagues.
"I think it would have happened anywhere, whether I was at high-A ball or Double-A," he said. "For some reason, I just started overthinking everything. I started looking for changeups when I shouldn't have. I should have just stayed with my normal routine."
Dozier recovered somewhat, but he still posted a career low slash line of .209/.303/.312 in 64 games at Northwest Arkansas.
Still, experiencing failure for the first time at the plate could turn out to be a positive thing, he said.
"It's good that I went through it," Dozier said. "Now I know how to snap out of one of those slumps. I know that I shouldn't change anything like my approach -- just stay with it, stay with the routine.
"The thing is, every hitter goes through it. It was good for me to go through it. I thought it was a good season overall."
And now, Dozier is looking forward to making bigger strides in 2015. He put on about 10 pounds of upper-body muscle in the offseason -- "I love the weight room" -- and he expects to keep rising through the Royals' system.
"I would love to get a callup, but that's up to them," he said. "I'll just continue to work hard and see what happens."