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Mario-Rijo
07-18-2007, 10:52 PM
#14 TODD FRAZIER SS | Jr. | 6-4 | 220 | Toms River South/Toms River, N.J.

Drafted 2007 MLB Amateur Draft Cincinnati Reds 1st Rd Supplemental (Sandwich) Pick #34 overall

Future MLB Position: 3B/COF

2007: Preseason Third Team All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and National Collegiate Baseball Writers … Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year by the leagues head coaches and Baseball America … Member of the Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award Preseason watch list … Rated as the top professional prospect in the Northern Region by Baseball America.

2006: A First Team All-BIG EAST selection … Started all 58 games at shortstop … Was the Scarlet Knights' No. 3 hitter in 54 games ... Led the team in batting average (.366), runs (62), total bases (136), slugging percentage (.599), hits (83), triples (3), walks (42), on-base percentage (.471) and stolen bases (21) … Was among the BIG EAST leaders in nearly every offensive category, including stolen bases (T-3rd), home runs (T-4th), runs (T-4th), total bases (6th), on-base percentage (6th), slugging percentage (6th), hits (T-7th), runs batted in (T- 8th) and batting average (10th) … Led the BIG EAST in walks (26) and was second in the league in batting average (.424) and runs scored (32), and third in on-base percentage (.538) and slugging percentage (.677) in conference action … Hit six home runs in his final 12 games, including a pair in the BIG EAST Tournament … His numbers rank among the top-10 single-season best in school history in five categories, including walks (T-3rd), home runs (T-7th), runs (T-7th), total bases (T-8th with his brother Jeff in 2004), hits (9th) … Registered multiple hits in 23 of his 58 games, including three four-hit games and one five-hit performance … Owned a nine-game hitting streak during the season … Hit safely in 16 of RU's last 17 games and enters 2007 on a seven-game hitting streak … Ranked 49th nationally in walks per game (0.72) and 65th nationally in runs-per game (1.07) … Finished 4-for-5 with three doubles, driving in six runs and scoring three more at Columbia (4/11) … Hit a two-run, game-winning home run in the seventh inning to lead Rutgers to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory Monmouth (5/11) … Named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll twice during the season … Also a New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association First Team All-State selection for the second-straight year … Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice on April 10 and May 15 … A preseason All-BIG EAST selection.

2005: Earned Freshman All-American honors by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball… Also earned Third Team All-BIG EAST laurels and First Team All-State accolades by the NJCBA…One of two Scarlet Knights to start all 53 games… Led the team in runs (61), home runs (9), total bases (34), stolen bases (19), at bats (220) and sacrifice flies (6)… Ranked in the top-5 in the BIG EAST in runs (3rd), at bats (T-4th), sacrifice flies (T-5th) and stolen bases (T-5th), and was sixth in walks… Tied for fourth in the BIG EAST in stolen bases (7) and fifth in runs scored (22) in league play… Set the Rutgers single-season home run record for home runs by a leadoff hitter with nine… Tied for eighth on the Rutgers all-time single-season runs list… Posted a .295 batting average and a .392 on-base percentage… Started 11 games at third base and 42 at shortstop, combining for just 11 errors the entire season… Hit safely in all but 12 games and reached base safely in 50 of 53 contests… Owned a 14-game hitting streak during the season… RU's top base-runner with 19 steals in 21 attempts, including three in a game against Notre Dame (4/4)… Recorded three triples on the season… Had a season-high four hits against Columbia (4/13)… Drove in a season-best four runs each against Georgia Tech (2/25) and West Virginia (4/9).

Before Rutgers: Regarded as one of the top high school players in NJ each of his final three seasons… Drafted by the Colorado Rockies... Hit .521 as a senior and finished his career with a .443 average in four varsity seasons… Holds the school record for average, hits (121) and stolen bases (78)... Set the school single-season (12) and career home run record (26)... Was a three-time All-State, All-County and All-Shore selection at Toms River South… Member of two-time State Champions… Also starred in basketball as a four-year starter and three-time All-County pick… Owns the Toms River South record for rebounds in game with 27… Member of National Honor Society… Played with the Pt. Pleasant Merchants during the summer… Born 2/12/86… Brother, Jeff, plays in the Seattle Mariners organization and brother, Charlie, played in the Florida Marlins system… Born 2/12/86.


Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB S0 SB-ATT
2005 .295 53-53 220 61 65 13 3 9 36 34 43 19-21
2006 .366 58-58 227 62 83 14 3 11 51 42 42 21-28
Career .331 111-111 447 123 148 27 6 18 87 76 85 40-49

Mario-Rijo
07-18-2007, 11:23 PM
Strengths/Weaknesses: Via MLB.com

http://http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/events/draft_report/y2007/index.jsp?mc=frazier

Hitting Ability: Frazier has good bat speed. His approach is a little unorthodox and he hits with a small trigger and a slight hand hitch.

Power: Frazier has plus raw power and projects to have above-average gap power as a pro.

Running Speed: He's a slightly below-average runner.

Base Running: Once underway, he's not bad and is much better going first-to-third than he is home-to-first.

Arm Strength: Frazier's arm is above-average and is plus at times.
Fielding: His hands are OK. He's got future average hands that should play at third base. He is not a shortstop long-term.

Range: His range is below-average, perhaps average at best. Frazier lacks first-step quickness to stay at short.

Physical Description: Frazier is a big and athletic infielder with some legitimate pop.

Medical Update: Healthy.

Strengths: Power potential and bloodlines.

Weaknesses: Frazier can be a little pull-oriented at the plate and he can get jumpy on the front side. He'll need to change the setup of his hands, though he is more under control in the box than he's been in the past.

Summary: Frazier was drafted three years ago, but he honored his commitment to Rutgers, following in his brothers' footsteps. He's had a very productive year at the plate, showing power and run production ability even though Rutgers has hit him out of the leadoff spot. He'll change his place in the order as a pro just like he'll likely change his spot defensively, from shortstop to either third or a corner outfield position. Considering the dearth of college bats in this class, it's hard to imagine he'll last long on draft day.



Brewerfan.net

http://http://www.brewerfan.net/ViewAmateurPlayerProfile.do?playerId=683&draftId=5



Frazier is the third of three brothers that played at Rutgers, with both of his older brothers currently playing in the minors. Todd is the most athletic of the three, with a prototypical big-league build at 6'4", 215 pounds. The Frazier brothers have been well known for their exploits playing for Tom's River Little League team out of New Jersey. The youngest Frazier currently plays shortstop, but his size will prompt a move to either third base or right field at the professional level. Few hitters available for the 2007 draft have Frazier's raw power potential, and he has proven to hit for power with wood during the summer of 2005 playing on the Cape Cod League, where he finished second in slugging percentage (.480) to last year's third overall pick, Evan Longoria, and also flashes his speed by legging out three triples to lead the circuit. Frazier's swing at this point in time is pretty big, as he rarely gets cheated at the plate, and it is something he will have to tone down so he's not overmatched at the next level. To his credit though, he also does a very good job working the count, and has drawn a high amount of walks at every stop he has made. He hit .366 last year as a sophomore after hitting .295 as a freshman, showing his ability to hit for contact. Given all of those skills, he is a true five-tool talent that can hit, hit for power, run, throw and play defense, once he finds the appropriate defensive home that is, like few other players can.

Mario-Rijo
07-18-2007, 11:32 PM
And of course "the story" behind the man!


Little League hero Todd Frazier looks to jump to majors

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer
June 7, 2007

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Making the jump from the Little League World Series to the big leagues has been rare.

But soon, the feat accomplished by 31 players, including Gary Sheffield, Jason Varitek and Boog Powell, may have another name to add: Todd Frazier.


The winning pitcher when Toms River East of New Jersey won the Little League title in 1998, and now a power-hitting All-American junior shortstop from Rutgers, Frazier is considered one of the top prospects in Thursday's first-year player baseball draft.

"This is what I have always dreamed about," Frazier said. "Hopefully, it will come true. I just can't wait to see how it unfolds."

Frazier comes into the draft off a spectacular season in which he was in the top six in every offensive category for Rutgers except triples. He set the school single-season records this season for home runs (22), home runs by a leadoff hitter (22), runs scored (87), walks (62), doubles (24) and total bases (187).

In the Big East Conference tournament, he hit a mammoth, 400-plus foot home run that went over the scoreboard at Brooklyn's KeySpan Park, the home of the New York Mets' Class A affiliate.

"He has all the intangibles," said Scott Hunter, the Mets' area scout. "He can hit. He can hit with power. He can field his position. He has the arm.

"The intriguing thing about him, however, is his power," Hunter said. "That's what will make or break him."

Hunter said there are some who think Frazier will go early in the first round, and others who think he might slip to the second. Some teams also project him as a third baseman or outfielder, thinking he is too big at 6-foot-4 to be a shortstop.

Longtime Rutgers coach Fred Hill has no doubts about Frazier, ranking him among the best players ever at Rutgers, a program that has sent Eric Young, David DeJesus and others to the major leagues.

"He is an outstanding athlete, number one," Hill said. "He plays with great enthusiasm and from my standpoint, the best thing he does is that he comes into every game with a clear mind. Whatever happened the day before is forgotten."

Frazier said that was something he learned growing up.

"I enjoy baseball all the time," Frazier said. "You never know when it's going to be your last game. I can go out and go 0-for-4 and the next day the sun is going to come out. You just enjoy yourself. It's baseball."

Frazier comes from a baseball family. Two older brothers also were drafted; Charlie was taken by the Florida Marlins in 1999 and Jeff was picked by Seattle in 2004.

While Frazier could opt to return to Rutgers for his senior year if the draft doesn't go his way, his voice indicates he is ready to move on.

"It's a crazy thing," Frazier said. "You just go in there and hope the best happens for you."

In some ways it was like going to the Little League World Series. There were lots of good teams and things managed to work out.

Frazier has found it hard to remain in contact with all his Little League teammates, but he is looking forward to a 10-year reunion in 2008. However, he says his time in Williamsport, Pa. as a 12-year-old was invaluable.

"Playing and having 44,000 people watching you in pressure situations when you are young, I mean, that's helped out big through high school and college," Frazier said. "Now you just see a pressure situation and you just have fun with it. You don't worry about a thing because you know you can do it, and you know you can do these challenges."

After Thursday, Frazier is hoping that next challenge is with a major league team or one of its affiliates.

reds44
07-18-2007, 11:40 PM
Great work.

Mario-Rijo
07-18-2007, 11:44 PM
Game Log to date:


Date Level Pos AB H 2B 3B HR SO BB SB CS
July 17 Rook vs. Ogden SS 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
July 15 Rook vs. Ogden SS 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
July 14 Rook vs. Ogden SS 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
July 13 Rook vs. Orem DH 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
July 12 Rook vs. Orem SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
July 11 Rook vs. Orem DH 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0



Which is good for little, of course it's early yet. But here's the line anyhow.

.286 Avg
.286 OBP%
.286 Slg%
No XB Hits
4 RBI
5 Runs
3/0 K/BB

Mario-Rijo
07-18-2007, 11:46 PM
Great work.

Thanks 44, I was kinda putting it together since yesterday hoping he would fall to me.

reds44
07-18-2007, 11:50 PM
No Todd Fraizer thread is complete without:

http://www.jgeoff.com/llws/img/lineup-anim.gif

Mario-Rijo
07-19-2007, 12:05 AM
No Todd Fraizer thread is complete without:

http://www.jgeoff.com/llws/img/lineup-anim.gif


Awesome, Thanks reds44! :D

RedLegsToday
07-27-2007, 01:49 PM
I found this article at the billings gazette:

http://billingsgazette.net/articles/2007/07/27/sports/local/20-frazier.txt

BoydsOfSummer
07-27-2007, 03:03 PM
Nice article. I have a good feeling about thisguy.

Mario-Rijo
07-27-2007, 04:10 PM
Nice article. I have a good feeling about thisguy.

Same here. I think if he works out a couple of little things at the plate he will move quickly. Obviously they need to find him a defensive position and that should begin towards the end of this season or beggining of next. Let him get comfortable at the plate 1st and then move him around a bit.

Mario-Rijo
08-07-2007, 01:50 AM
Up to date stats.

Current game log:


Game Log

Date Level Pos AB H 2B 3B HR SO BB
August 5 Rook @ Helena SS 5 3 1 0 1 1 0
August 4 Rook @ Missoula SS 3 1 0 0 0 0 1
August 3 Rook @ Missoula SS 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
August 2 Rook @ Missoula SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 2
August 1 Rook vs. Great Falls DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
July 31 Rook vs. Great Falls SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 2
July 30 Rook vs. Great Falls SS 4 2 1 0 0 0 0
July 29 Rook vs. Missoula SS 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
July 28 Rook vs. Missoula SS 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
July 27 Rook vs. Missoula SS 4 1 0 0 0 0 0

Mario-Rijo
08-07-2007, 10:45 AM
Basic and extended stats:


Year Team PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 Billings 103 89 15 25 2 0 3 12 9 15 .281 .369 .404 773


Year Team PA AB ISOP BB% K% BABIP GB% LD% RC RC/27 wOBA
2007 Billings 103 89 .123 8.7% 14.6% .310 41% 22% .348

Mario-Rijo
08-07-2007, 10:48 AM
Split Statistics with Billings Mustangs in 2007:


Splt PA AB ISOP HR BB% K% BABIP GB% LD% AVG OBP SLG wOBA
July 76 67 .104 2 5.3% 13.2% .327 40% 25% .299 .368 .403 .346
Augt 27 22 .182 1 18.5% 18.5% .250 44% 12% .227 .370 .409 .351
AWAY 48 41 .244 3 8.3% 22.9% .296 41% 14% .268 .375 .512 .386
HOME 55 48 .021 0 9.1% 7.3% .318 40% 28% .292 .364 .313 .314

mbgrayson
08-14-2007, 09:32 AM
Baseball Prospctus Monday Morning 10 pack 8/13/07 (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=6584) (fair use):


Todd Frazier, SS, Rookie-level Billings (Reds)

Frazier got plenty of attention from me in Ten Packs this spring while at Rutgers. There and then, he was busy rewriting the team record book, including new single-season (22) and career (42) home run marks. The fact that he’s not a true shortstop dropped him four picks away from the first round, but he received an $825,000 bonus and reported to the Pioneer League. After a slow start, Frazier is turning it on, delivering a four-hit game on Friday night and adding three more Saturday to offset an 0-for-2 night on Sunday that dropped his season numbers to .324/.413/.491 in 28 contests. Still at shortstop for the time being, it’s no surprise that Frazier has been sound there, committing just four errors, but he just lacks the speed and first-step quickness to provide major league range. Third base is a likely destination, but it doesn’t matter too much because the kid can hit.

Kc61
08-14-2007, 10:00 AM
Frazier is an important player in the Reds system, IMO. The team lacks right handed bats, particularly hitters with some power. Frazier seems to be the best candidate in the system. Whether he plays, first base or third base, the two most likely spots, he is a definite candidate for the Reds major league team, perhaps as early as 2009 sometime.

Benihana
08-14-2007, 10:19 AM
Frazier is an important player in the Reds system, IMO. The team lacks right handed bats, particularly hitters with some power. Frazier seems to be the best candidate in the system. Whether he plays, first base or third base, the two most likely spots, he is a definite candidate for the Reds major league team, perhaps as early as 2009 sometime.

I agree. I'm really excited about this guy.

podgejeff_
08-14-2007, 11:50 AM
I agree as well. I think this was an excellent pick. Looks to be either a good replacement for EE or an eventual good prospect for a trade.

Either way the Reds win out (well, theoretically).

GoReds33
08-14-2007, 11:39 PM
I am very excited too. I think he has the talent to shoot up the system just like Jay Bruce did. 2009 might not be a bad prediction. I just wonder if Edwin starts hitting again where he would fit into the Reds plans. Of course, you can never have too much young talent.

Mario-Rijo
08-29-2007, 06:45 PM
Todd has now been called up to Dayton, sweet very sweet. Congrats Todd and here's to hoping you spend just enough time at Dayton so I can get a good look at you and then move quickly to Sarasota High A. I can't help but be a bit greedy even though he could realistically skip Dayton and probably would be fine.

http://http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2007/08/29/sports/local/20-mustangs.txt


The Billings Mustangs played another clean game and won on the same night they lost their starting shortstop to a promotion.

After the Mustangs defeated the Helena Brewers 10-3 Tuesday night at Cobb Field with the help of five shutout relief innings from Jeremy Horst and Jeff Jeffords, the Mustangs announced that supplemental first-round pick Todd Frazier was on his way to the Cincinnati Reds' Class A affiliate in Dayton, Ohio.

Though it's good news for Frazier, the promotion comes at a time when the Mustangs are fighting to gain a Pioneer League playoff spot. The Mustangs remained 51/2 games behind the Great Falls White Sox, who also won Tuesday, with 10 games to play.

"We're playing good as a team," Frazier said in between congratulatory hand shakes and back slaps from his teammates. "They're definitely going to keep going the way that they are and we'll see what they do at the end of the season."

:thumbup:

RedLegsToday
09-04-2007, 04:25 PM
From Kevin Goldstein's regular season finale Tuesday Morning Ten-Pack


Frazier is one of the better hitters from this June’s draft class, and in the end, his bat should play anywhere.

Mario-Rijo
07-04-2008, 04:59 AM
Time to update my prospect profile. For those that don't know we here on the minor league forum draft Reds prospects after August 15th (The cutoff date for this years prospects to sign) and more or less keep a running profile on them. I have 2 (Angel Cabrera) from last year but only Frazier looks to be a real prospect, so I will likely cut Mr. Cabrera. But here are some updates on "the next big thing".


Basic Statistics
Year Age Team PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 21 Rk Billings 186 160 29 51 6 5 5 25 18 22 .319 .409 .513 922
2007 21 A Dayton 24 22 4 7 3 0 2 5 2 4 .318 .375 .727 1102
2008 22 A Dayton 127 112 25 36 10 0 7 20 15 28 .321 .402 .598 1000
2008 22 A+ Sarasota 183 165 25 49 6 3 6 28 14 41 .297 .355 .479 834




Extended Statistics
Year Age Team PA AB ISOP BB% K% BABIP GB% LD% wOBA
2007 21 Rk Billings 186 160 .194 9.7% 11.8% .346 39% 24% .402
2007 21 A Dayton 24 22 .409 8.3% 16.7% .313 31% 12% .453
2008 22 A Dayton 127 112 .277 11.8% 22.0% .377 41% 13% .425
2008 22 A+ Sarasota 183 165 .182 7.7% 22.4% .364 32% 30% .361




Split Statistics with Sarasota in 2008
Split PA AB ISOP HR BB% K% BABIP GB% LD% AVG OBP SLG wOBA
May 85 74 .243 4 9.4% 24.7% .286 34% 25% .243 .318 .486 .340
June 94 87 .138 2 6.4% 21.3% .446 27% 36% .356 .404 .494 .394
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AWAY 82 76 .210 5 6.1% 30.5% .261 40% 18% .224 .280 .434 .308
HOME 101 89 .157 1 8.9% 15.8% .431 26% 38% .360 .416 .517 .404




'08 Sarasota AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
vs Left .364 44 9 16 1 2 4 10 8 10 2 0 .462 .750 1.212
vs Right .264 125 18 33 5 1 2 18 9 32 0 1 .319 .368 .687




Awards/Honors:
05/19/2008 FSL Player of the Week
10/08/2007 Baseball America Rookie All-Star



Following the '07 season "Baseball America" named him the top prospect in the Pioneer League, the seventh-best prospect in the organization and a Rookie All-Star...was an honorable mention on the PL Post-Season All-Star Team.

Mario-Rijo
12-02-2008, 07:00 PM
Since Todd has been talked about a lot lately I figured I'd update his prospect profile. Why are we not doing it again this off-season?

Basic Stats

Year Lvl Age Team PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 Rk 21 Billings 186 160 29 51 6 5 5 25 18 22 .319 .409 .513 .922
2007 A 21 Dayton 24 22 4 7 3 0 2 5 2 4 .318 .375 .727 1.102
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2008 A 22 Dayton 124 109 25 36 10 0 7 20 15 26 .330 .411 .615 1.026
2008 A+ 22 Sarasota 414 366 62 103 20 3 12 54 41 84 .281 .357 .451 .808

Extended Stats

Year Lvl Age Team PA AB ISOP BB% K% BABIP GB% LD% wOBA
2007 Rk 21 Billings 186 160 .194 9.7% 11.8% .346 39% 24% .402
2007 A 21 Dayton 24 22 .409 8.3% 16.7% .313 31% 12% .453
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2008 A 22 Dayton 124 109 .285 12.1% 21.0% .382 41% 13% .435
2008 A+ 22 Sarasota 414 366 .170 9.9% 20.3% .337 32% 26% .349


Team Lg AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
WAI HWB .295 27 95 19 28 11 2 3 22 52 11 20 1 0 .375 .547 .922


Honors:

10-08-07 Baseball America Rookie All-Star
05-19-08 FSL Player of the Week
08-25-08 FSL Player of the Week
10-02-08 Baseball America High Class A All-Star

Highlights '07:

Batted a combined .319 with 7 HR and 30RBI in 47 games with Rookie Billings and Class A Dayton...played most of the season at Billings where he batted .319 with 5 HR and 25 RBI in 41 games...collected 4-hit games on 8/10 vs. Idaho Falls and 8/19 at Casper...was transferred to Dayton on 8/29...hit safely in 5 of the 6 games he played for the Dragons...belted 2 homersand drove in 4 runs on 9/2 vs. South Bend...following the season "Baseball America" named him the top prospect in the Pioneer League, the seventh-best prospect in the organization and a Rookie All-Star...was an honorable mention on the PL Post-Season All-Star Team.

Related Links for Todd Frazier:
1stinning.com (http://firstinning.com/players/Todd-Frazier-a/) (Good in depth stats)

Minor League Baseball Reference.com (http://minors.baseball-reference.com/players.cgi?pid=32478) (defensive stats, RC & RC/g, Lg & Tm OPS included)

MILB.com (http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Todd%20Frazier&pos=SS&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=453943) (L/R splits, Honors etc.)

Mario-Rijo
12-02-2008, 07:05 PM
Also some recent video footage of Todd in Hawaii for those who wanna critique his swing.

Todd Frazier Waikiki Beach Boys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn1ebTWDWh4&eurl=http://redlegsbaseball.blogspot.com/2008/11/big-fly-from-todd-frazier.html&feature=player_embedded)

GOYA
12-02-2008, 09:53 PM
It looks like how high he holds his hands is a non-issue. He drops them on the delivery and appears to be in a good position for the swing. From his footwork and hip turn it looks like he could actually develop more power with some work. But then again, it's not working badly as it is. Changing him at this point might be a big mistake.

camisadelgolf
12-03-2008, 07:51 AM
I'm surprised by how far apart Frazier's feet are at the plate. I wouldn't say it's mechanically incorrect or anything, but I do wonder if he's capable of more, like GOYA said.

Mario-Rijo
12-04-2008, 02:12 AM
I'm surprised by how far apart Frazier's feet are at the plate. I wouldn't say it's mechanically incorrect or anything, but I do wonder if he's capable of more, like GOYA said.

Well if it's working it's fine, I mean Jeff Bagwell did alright and his feet were so far apart it looked like he was straddling a Hyundai. So we'll see I guess.

Scrap Irony
12-04-2008, 10:01 AM
So too Pujols. He doesn't stride toward the ball, but picks up his foot and places it down again. Keeps him balanced for breaking balls, but usually saps power. (In mortals, that is. Pujols' swing should not work; neither should Bagwell's. Both do. Really, really well.)

redsof72
12-04-2008, 10:03 AM
I can tell you this. If you told Donnie Scott that he could manage a big league team and he could pick one player in the Reds organization to take with him, it would be Frazier. Not because of pure talent, but because Frazier is a winner and a leader. Not that Donnie is the ultimate guru, but he managed almost all the top prospects other than Alonso. He said several times that once Frazier gets comfortable in the big leagues, he will put a stop to the culture that losing is acceptable. Frazier knows how to play the game and he makes the players around him better. He might not have the best OPS but to paraphrase Leo Durocher, all he knows how to do is find a way to win.

mace
12-04-2008, 11:55 AM
I can tell you this. If you told Donnie Scott that he could manage a big league team and he could pick one player in the Reds organization to take with him, it would be Frazier. Not because of pure talent, but because Frazier is a winner and a leader. Not that Donnie is the ultimate guru, but he managed almost all the top prospects other than Alonso. He said several times that once Frazier gets comfortable in the big leagues, he will put a stop to the culture that losing is acceptable. Frazier knows how to play the game and he makes the players around him better. He might not have the best OPS but to paraphrase Leo Durocher, all he knows how to do is find a way to win.

That's quite an endorsement. I've been slow to jump on the Frazier bandwagon, but this goosed me good.

dougdirt
12-04-2008, 12:13 PM
That's quite an endorsement. I've been slow to jump on the Frazier bandwagon, but this goosed me good.

Might I ask why you have been slow to get behind Frazier?

mace
12-04-2008, 12:36 PM
It wasn't that I didn't like him; I just didn't like him as much as everybody else seemed to. First, he doesn't really have a position. As an infielder, I prefer Francisco's power, Valaika's contact, Waring's glove, Soto's potential. Doesn't have a lot of speed. Nothing jumped out at me. But now, with this report on his character, that jumps out. That makes everything else look a little better.

redsof72
12-04-2008, 01:26 PM
I believe it was Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News who first used the term "natural born leader" to describe Frazier. He is a vocal leader with a lot of charisma. I first noticed at spring training that Frazier was the guy in the dugout encouraging everyone. On the field, I liked his instincts. He has decent speed, but he would be the guy that would take an extra base on an outfielder because he was always on the lookout for a chance to go from first to third and if there was the slightest hesitation, he was on his way. He is the type of guy who is always going to be better than his numbers indicate because he understands the game. Example, someone else might steal 25 bases, but Frazier would be the guy would might steal third with one out in a tie game in the ninth because he noticed that the pitcher wasn't paying attention, and then score the winning run on a fly ball. In the box score, it was just a stolen base, but in reality, it won you a game. That's Frazier. That's what separates him from most players.

mace
12-04-2008, 02:11 PM
You had me at "natural born leader" . . .

redsof72
12-04-2008, 02:18 PM
Actually, after doing a quick google, it was Donnie Scott who coined that phrase to describe Frazier in an article written by Archdeacon. If you have not seen the article, it is well worth reading. It describes the Frazier we saw in Dayton quite well. Here's the link:

http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/dragons/2008/04/08/ddn040808sparch.html

mace
12-04-2008, 03:26 PM
Good grief, the guy even won the national Punt, Pass & Kick contest. Next, we'll find out that he was the first Little League champ to edit the Harvard Law Review.

Mario-Rijo
12-04-2008, 04:45 PM
Actually, after doing a quick google, it was Donnie Scott who coined that phrase to describe Frazier in an article written by Archdeacon. If you have not seen the article, it is well worth reading. It describes the Frazier we saw in Dayton quite well. Here's the link:

http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/dragons/2008/04/08/ddn040808sparch.html

Good read here it is, I figure I might as well add this to the profile. Between him and the rest of the competitive and talented young players we have Votto, Alonso, Bruce, BP, Cueto we have one strong core in store.


Tom Archdeacon: Dragons' Frazier is this season's hit
By Tom Archdeacon

Staff Writer

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

DAYTON — As the first home game now gives way to the first month of baseball, then the first half of the season and right on through an entire summer of Dayton Dragons baseball, you'll forget those Opening Day skydivers, the F-16 flyovers, that little girl with the big pipes who belted out the national anthem, the postgame fireworks, even the evening's perfect 72-degree weather.

You probably won't even remember the Dragons edged Fort Wayne 3-2 at Fifth Third Field on Monday night, April 7.

But one thing you won't forget as the season goes on, manager Donnie Scott promised, is Dragons shortstop Todd Frazier.

"This guy is pretty legit," he said of the Cincinnati Reds No. 1 pick in the supplemental draft last year. "There's something special with his bat — the way the ball jumps off it. There's a different sound to it. A major-league sound. For people around the game for a while, you can tell the difference. ... And believe me that's what he's here for — to hit."

And so far this season — at least when he gets a chance to swing — he's hitting .385 and has one home run. He doubled and scored a run Monday, but was walked twice — giving him eight in Dayton's first five games — by pitchers who know his reputation.

Just as important as his lumber is his leadership, Scott said: "I know there's been a knock in Cincinnati years back that there really weren't any leaders in the clubhouse. Well, this guy's gonna be that guy, no ifs, ands or buts about it.

"This guy's makeup is off the charts. Common sense, a sense of humor, extremely competitive, tough — he's a natural born leader."

Phew! That's a lot to dump on one guy, but Frazier — a 6-foot-3 22-year-old from Toms River, N.J. — appears able to handle it.

He's got the genes. His dad, Charles, a 6-foot-8 prep star in Toms River, set several records playing basketball and baseball at Morehead State in Kentucky. His mom, Joan, was an Olympic-caliber freestyle swimmer at Trenton State.

His oldest brother, Charlie, played 6½ years in the Marlins organization, and brother, Jeff, is with the Detroit Tigers Class AA team in Erie, Pa.

Yet no branch on the family tree is quite like Todd's, both in soaring accomplishment and grounded attitude.

As a first-round pick, he got an $875,000 signing bonus, yet he drives a 1998 Toyota Camry with 100,000 miles on it. He's a home run hitter and yet his favorite player wasn't a swing-for-the-fences big-leaguer, but instead Pete Rose.

As for being a top draft pick, that's not even his most celebrated achievement. As a 9-year-old, he won the national Punt, Pass and Kick competition in Kansas City.

Three years later, he led his Toms River team to the Little League World Series title, going 4-for-4 and hitting a home run in the championship game against Japan.

"Playing in front of a packed house — 42,000 — was an unbelievable feeling," he said. "And when we got home, the whole town just shut down. They took us all over Toms River on a fire truck. People still talk about it. It's something folks back there said they'll never forget."

When it comes to Todd Frazier, that's the way it still is.

Scrap Irony
12-04-2008, 05:54 PM
I question Frazier. It really all boils down to position for me.

If he's a SS, he's a top ten prospect in baseball.

If he's a 2B or a 3B, he's Top 50 or so. Perhaps Top 40.

If he's an OF, he's Danny Dorn with a better publicist.

OnBaseMachine
12-04-2008, 05:57 PM
I question Frazier. It really all boils down to position for me.

If he's a SS, he's a top ten prospect in baseball.

If he's a 2B or a 3B, he's Top 50 or so. Perhaps Top 40.

If he's an OF, he's Danny Dorn with a better publicist.

Frazier's bat is good enough for any position on the diamond, and while I'm a big Dorn fan, comparing Frazier to him isn't a fair comparison IMO. Unlike Dorn, Frazier doesn't have any drastic platoon splits.

Superdude
12-04-2008, 06:31 PM
Dorn is so caught under this "can't hit lefty's label" He's older than Frazier, but his numbers were definitely better. As long as he keeps mashing righties, is it that big of a deal?

It sounds like Frazier the fundamentals to play short, but not the range. It there a possibility that he could stick at second? As long as he's at least average at second, a DP combo of Phillips and Frazier would be pretty impressive.

redsof72
12-04-2008, 08:53 PM
Frazier is a corner infielder. If there is no opening there, he becomes a corner outfielder. I don't think the "doesn't have a position" label is exactly fair since they have not really given him a chance anywhere but shortstop. The fact that they bounced him around everywhere last year is not his fault. He played well wherever they played him. They need to settle on a position for him and let him learn to play that position. If Frazier is assigned to a team in April and is that team's opening night shortstop, we are still running in place here.

redsof72
12-04-2008, 09:28 PM
Here is the way I see, and someone else can chime in if they see it differently. At Carolina, you have three players to play two positions in Frazier, Alonso, and Francisco. All three are among your top prospects. Two of those three really only play one position. That means the third guy, who can play another position, probably moves. That would leave Alonso at first, Francisco at third, and Frazier in left field.

Making it a little more complicated is that you basically have three positions at the big league level that you think are set for years. Those three positions are first base, second base, and right field. Your number one pick last year can only play one position and it is one of the three I just mentioned. If you have to move the guy who's playing first base in the big leagues, who was the best position player you had last season, the only place he can go is the spot where I just said I thought they would move Frazier.

They have some tough decisions to make.

BoydsOfSummer
12-04-2008, 10:15 PM
Those wide stances are sometimes to remedy a long strider. A long stride can really,really slow down the bat. Spread it out and there is nowhere to stride; just a pick up of the foot and back down slightly, then get the hips and hands through faster. That long stride stuff is worse than a hitch a lot of times.

Mario-Rijo
12-05-2008, 02:38 AM
Those wide stances are sometimes to remedy a long strider. A long stride can really,really slow down the bat. Spread it out and there is nowhere to stride; just a pick up of the foot and back down slightly, then get the hips and hands through faster. That long stride stuff is worse than a hitch a lot of times.

And the stride can cause more head movement which can directly affect squaring up the ball. I feel like the less movement the better generally speaking. But it's more about what makes you feel comfortable and as long as it makes you feel comfortable and you make it work just fine then no biggie. With Todd so far so good but we'll see more later.

Mario-Rijo
12-05-2008, 02:48 AM
Here is the way I see, and someone else can chime in if they see it differently. At Carolina, you have three players to play two positions in Frazier, Alonso, and Francisco. All three are among your top prospects. Two of those three really only play one position. That means the third guy, who can play another position, probably moves. That would leave Alonso at first, Francisco at third, and Frazier in left field.

Making it a little more complicated is that you basically have three positions at the big league level that you think are set for years. Those three positions are first base, second base, and right field. Your number one pick last year can only play one position and it is one of the three I just mentioned. If you have to move the guy who's playing first base in the big leagues, who was the best position player you had last season, the only place he can go is the spot where I just said I thought they would move Frazier.

They have some tough decisions to make.

And you know what they aren't really all that tough frankly. There is at least 2-3 reasonable reasons for holding Francisco back for the start of the season. There are no good reasons for doing the same to Frazier.

camisadelgolf
12-05-2008, 06:31 AM
I'm not too worried about the logjam between Alonso, Frazier, and Francisco; just stick them at 1B, 3B, and LF, respectively. The player who gets really shafted by this, though, is Logan Parker. He made a lot of progress last year and could turn into a solid first baseman. I'd hate to see him held back in Sarasota. Based on his age and performance, he deserves an opportunity in AA.

Scrap Irony
12-05-2008, 10:07 AM
Dorn: 5.87 RC/27 A+ (2007)
Frazier: 5.89 RC/27 A+ (2008)

Dorn was six months older at the same level.

Just sayin'.

Mario-Rijo
07-15-2009, 11:48 AM
http://www.nj.com/sports/index.ssf/2...rolina_to.html


From Toms River to Carolina, former Rutgers star Todd Frazier continues to swing for the fences

by M.A. Mehta/The Star-Ledger
Sunday July 12, 2009, 12:21 AM

Along the main drag on the eastern side of Billings, Mont., the Beer Batter delivered.

Raised on a steady diet of Wendy's, chicken parm and pizza, he stepped up to the plate for the first time and sent hundreds of thirsty strangers into a discount-induced frenzy with one unconventional swing.

Organized chaos swept across the crumbling old ballpark. A horn sounded. A special light was lit.

The Beer Batter's first hit as a professional - an RBI single - was pretty cool, but an event of much greater significance had taken place for fans of the Billings Mustangs of the rookie Pioneer League that summer night in 2007: Dollar Beers for everyone for the rest of the inning!

Todd Frazier, designated the Beer Batter as part of a popular in-game promotion, was just happy to give the folks some cheap Yellowstone Grizzly Wulff.

Less than three years into a pro career that began with fans sprinting for some suds, the former Rutgers All-America is climbing the ranks in the Cincinnati Reds farm system. Frazier, currently playing for the Double-A Carolina Mudcats, will be the starting left fielder for the North Division in the Southern League All-Star Game Monday in Birmingham, Ala.

"It's been a crazy road," the Toms River native said. "Who knows where I'll be next?"

From Big Sky country to Dayton, Ohio, to Sarasota, Fla., to Hawaii to Zebulon, N.C., Frazier - the second-rated prospect in the organization, according to Baseball America - has inched closer to the ultimate destination.

"He has the 'IT' factor," said Carolina hitting coach Ryan Jackson. "There's no question in my mind that he's going to be a major league ballplayer. The pure determination and character of this guy is going to get him to the big leagues."

Frazier hasn't surprised anyone. After all, he was born to play the game.

BASEBALL FAMILY

In many ways, 23-year-old Todd Frazier is the same freckle-faced kid with a mouthful of braces, who stole the show in Williamsport, Pa., in 1998.

He was 12 (and 110 pounds soaking wet) when Toms River East stunned the Little League universe by beating Japan to become unlikely champions. The Japanese team shouted, "Hello, Mr. Home Run hitter!" when they passed the skinny boy in the cafeteria after a grand slam earlier in the tournament. Frazier, who recorded the final out on the mound, hit .600 with four home runs during the magical run 11 years ago. Then, he hit the beach for some well-deserved R&R.

While Frazier doesn't spend his free time crashing into waves at the Jersey shore anymore, the memories are fresh in his mind.

"If I don't hear something about Jersey every day, it's out of the ordinary," Jackson laughed. "I would think something was wrong."

Frazier's pedigree, of course, helped shape his success.

His oldest brother, Charlie, was drafted out of Toms River South by the Florida Marlins in 1999. His brother, Jeff, the Star-Ledger's Player of the Year in 2001, starred at Rutgers before the Detroit Tigers selected him in the third-round in 2004. He's currently playing at Triple-A in Toledo.

"Baseball was the family's love," said Rutgers coach Fred Hill. "His dad was also baseball player. You got baseball talk all the time. That pushed him forward."

Frazier, the 2007 Big East Player of the Year, landed an $850,000 signing bonus for being the 34th overall selection in the 2007 draft. He's taken pieces of advice from his father and brothers through the years.

Charlie emphasized pitch selection. Jeff urged fun. His father, Charlie, Sr., preached selective amnesia: Good or bad day, the sun will surely rise the next morning.

"All great advice," Frazier said. "You got to be positive in this game no matter what happens. You just got to know you're going to succeed."

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

Frazier rattled off the dizzying number of position changes with speed and accuracy.

"Played shortstop all season in Montana," he said. "Shortstop in Dayton. The last four or five days, I played a little left field, first base and third base. In Sarasota, they bounced me around a couple games in left, a couple games at third, a couple games at short, a couple games at first. This year, mainly left field. A little bit of first. And only a couple games at third. No games at shortstop anymore."

Frazier may have been an All-America college shortstop, but the Reds decided his size (6-3, 220 pounds) and limited range were enough to move him. Frazier, hardly a complainer, accepted his fate, bent on perfecting the position du jour.

"It's crazy," Frazier said. "You don't know what's going to happen. I'm having fun in left field now, but if they want to move me somewhere else, I'll start from scratch. Whatever they say goes. I understand that fully and know it's all for the best."

The organization has maintained that Frazier's versatility will only bolster his credentials at the next level.

"He's going to do anything and everything he can to get to where he wants to get," said Reds minor league hitting coordinator Ronnie Ortegon. "He's so strong mentally. It also gives him another bit of ammunition."

The defensive migrations haven't affected the right-handed hitting Frazier's offensive production. Frazier, the Scarlet Knights' all-time leader in home runs, has excelled at the plate despite a "high maintenance swing with some funkiness to it," according to Ortegon.

Or, as Hill put it, "I don't think you like most hitters to do that. On the other hand, he can hit."
Despite Frazier's tendency to straighten his left arm on his swing, he's produced at every stop. He leads the Southern League in doubles (31) and ranks in the Top 6 in batting average (.314), slugging percentage (.498), hits (102) and total bases (162).

Frazier, who will participate in the Home Run Derby Sunday as part of the All-Star festivities, has focused on timing rather than dwelling on unconventional swing mechanics.

"He makes adjustments from one at-bat to the next," Jackson said. "That's the sign of a major league hitter. It becomes more of a mind game as you move up the ladder."

BIG LEAGUE BOUND

When his mind presses the fast forward button, Frazier quickly puts on the brakes.
He'd love to be a September call-up when major league rosters expand to 40 players. ButÂ…
"When the time is right," he said. "I'll get my opportunity. Maybe it'll happen. Maybe it won't. I just have to keep producing."

It's a philosophy preached throughout the organization. Growing numbers of top-flight prospects may be making the leap from Double-A to the majors, but the Reds have taken a more conservative approach.

"Anything is possible," Jackson said of Frazier reaching the big leagues this season. "He wants to get there as soon as he can. But I just want to make sure that when the time comes -¬ boom! - he's there to stay."

The Reds have made little secret that they want to Frazier to hit the ground running when he reaches the majors.

"I think he'll determine that on how he continues to progress," Ortegon said. "You do what you're supposed to be doing and you'll force the issue. You'll make us have to make a decision. He's well aware of that."

So, Frazier continues to impress, learning every day and even tweaking his dietary staple of fast food that served him well for so long.

"You can't get used to that any more," Frazier said. "Your body's just going to fail. You got to get some healthy food in there now."

A long pause.

"But," he said, breaking into a laugh, "some chicken parm and buffalo wings can't hurt you every once in a while, you know what I mean?"


M.A. Mehta may be reached at mmehta@starledger.com. For more Rutgers and baseball news, follow him on his twitter page.

Mario-Rijo
10-28-2009, 03:27 AM
Time for an update.


Basic Statistics
Year Age Lvl Tm PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI HBP BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 21 Rk Billings 186 160 29 51 6 5 5 25 7 18 22 3 .319 .409 .513 922
2007 21 A Dayton 24 22 4 7 3 0 2 5 0 2 4 0 .318 .375 .727 1.102
2008 21 Wnt Waikiki 17 15 1 5 3 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 .333 .294 .533 827
2008 22 A Dayton 124 109 25 36 10 0 7 20 0 15 26 4 .330 .411 .615 1.026
2008 22 A+ Sarasota 414 366 62 103 20 3 12 54 4 41 84 8 .281 .357 .451 808
2009 23 AA Carolina 500 451 59 131 40 2 14 68 2 42 67 7 .290 .350 .481 831
2009 23 AAA Louisville 69 63 9 19 5 0 2 9 0 6 12 2 .302 .362 .476 838



Extended Statistics
Year Age Lvl Team PA AB ISOP BB% K% BABIP GB% LD% wOBA
2007 21 Rk Billings 186 160 .194 9.7% 11.8% .346 39% 24% .402
2007 21 A Dayton 24 22 .409 8.3% 16.7% .313 31% 12% .453
2008 21 Wnt Waikiki 17 15 .200 0.0% 11.8% .385 27% 27% .325
2008 22 A Dayton 124 109 .285 12.1% 21.0% .382 41% 13% .435
2008 22 A+ Sarasota 414 366 .170 9.9% 20.3% .337 32% 26% .349
2009 23 AA Carolina 500 451 .191 8.4% 13.4% .316 33% 24% .357
2009 23 AAA Louisville 69 63 .174 8.7% 17.4% .347 35% 22% .366

mdccclxix
10-28-2009, 01:45 PM
Man, the model of consistency. It's hard not to see him doing the same anywhere he goes. At 24 in 2010, it's finally time to see Frazier in Cincinnati, although it may not be until late in the year. June at the earliest if he really breaks out in AAA and the need is there in Cincinnati.

mdccclxix
11-17-2009, 11:11 PM
More Kevin Goldstein from Baseball Prospectus:

"Mario66 (Toronto): Any word on what position Todd Frazier will ultimately play? Also, are Klaw's concerns about his arm bar swing shared by others or can he be a #5/6 hitter in a decent lineup despite an unorthodox approach (a la Hunter Pence perhaps)?

Kevin Goldstein: I think he might finally have found a home at second. I like your Pence analogy in the sense that it's more than a bit funky, but I think he's proven it works for him."

souspet09
11-25-2009, 08:15 AM
Julio Teheran was named the #1 prospect in the Appy League, not bad considering Bentacourt was #1 in the GCL and Heyward will be #1 in the Southern League.

Mario-Rijo
03-17-2011, 01:00 PM
Way late for much interest (2010 piece) for us but I'd like to add it for future reference and try to do some catching up on this profile. But the guy makes some astute points, for more click the link.

Link (http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=4521)


Prospect Report: Todd Frazier

He has seen time all across the diamond, playing 1B, 3B, SS and OF during his two plus years in the Reds’ system. While it’s great to view him as a potential utility option, his bat has the potential to be so much more than that.

He hit .292 with 16 HR and 77 RBI in 534 AB between Double & Triple-A last season, so I’m sure many people are questioning things. Those are pedestrian numbers, looking more like a role player than anything else. Taking that stance would be a drastic miscalculation.

First off all, he hit 45 doubles last season to go along with a flyball rate of 45.2%. While the flyball rate may drop, at least a little bit, the fact that he was able to generate that many doubles (as well as two triples) is a great sign for fantasy owners for two reasons.

First of all, at 23-years old it is very easy to believe that his power has not yet reached its full potential. At the time he was drafted, mlb.com’s scouting report for Frazier said that he “has plus raw power and projects to have above-average gap power as a pro”.

Additionally, Baseball America, who ranked him as the Reds’ second best prospect prior to the 2009 season (and 60th overall), said “Frazier has above-average raw power and translates it well into games. While he has an unconventional swing, he clearly understands it and knows how to make adjustments. Since turning pro, he has learned to quicken his stride, enabling him to get his left foot down quicker and handle fastballs that previously gave him trouble.”

Mario-Rijo
03-17-2011, 01:10 PM
12/16/10

MLB.com Link (http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101216&content_id=16334838&vkey=news_cin&c_id=cin)


Aided by Louisville manager Rick Sweet and hitting coach Smoky Garrett, Frazier worked his way out of the hole, too. He batted .258 for the season with 17 home runs and 66 RBIs in 130 games.

"I thought he did a great job," said Bill Bavasi, the Reds' vice president of scouting and player development. "The idea of him getting off to a real bad start is not a bad thing for me. I think these guys need to battle adversity in the Minor Leagues. It's a tragedy if the first adversity they ever face is in the big leagues. The idea to get the opportunity to fight through something at the Minor League level is perfect. It's the silver lining."

Mario-Rijo
03-17-2011, 01:12 PM
CBSSports.com (http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/players/playerpage/1630078/todd-frazier)


Frazier puts in the work in offseason: MLB.com reports Reds OF/INF prospect Todd Frazier has been working hard this offseason in Florida. "I feel strong and a lot quicker, too," he said. "It's going to be a big year coming into spring training and getting a good start early to open up some eyes and hopefully see what happens." Frazier has been training at an academy in the Tampa Bay area that also hosts the likes of Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard, Carlos Quentin and Jed Lowrie. "It's been fun," Frazier said. "It's a great atmosphere pumping some iron and hitting some balls. You talk to them about certain situations and stuff. They are very articulate about it."
(Updated 01/30/2011)