Originally Posted by UK Reds Fan
Where does Frazier best case project. Is it 1B, 3B or LF.
Here's my take. Could be wrong.
I don't remember hearing that Frazier was a defensive disaster at shortstop in terms of being able to pick up ground balls and make throws to first. All we heard was "he doesn't have the range, he'll have to move to third base." And he's played some third base, with no reports that I remember that he couldn't do it.
OK, so why isn't he playing third base exclusively? Isn't that the most valuable of his possible positions?
Well, yes it is. But there's this little matter of his bat, which is coming very fast, and I think the Reds are looking toward next year and the possibility that he might bust the door down by then, and they're not sure where he'll need to play. Could be third base, but they'd need to move or write off Encarnacion. Could be left, if Dunn isn't re-signed. Could be first base if he proves to be a more adept first-sacker than Votto, with Votto moving to left. I think they just don't know and they want to find out what his range of abilities is. Can he track fly balls? Does he have a natural instinct for saving mediocre throws at first? I have a feeling that Frazier's position in Cincinnati, at least initially, will be based on expediency and not necessarily his maximal value.