Originally Posted by cinreds21
I don't get why everyone is so down on Frazier all of a sudden. He went from number 1 down to not even in the top 5? He had a really bad season yes, but he has picked it up in the second half and is tearing it up in winter ball.
I think its because last year he was over-rated based on the speculaton (primarily by Baseball America and then copied by many copycat sites) that he'd be a power bat in the MI. Now the MI seems out of the question and the power bat had a bad year. My thinking on Frazier hasn't changed. He'll be a fine offensive minded supersub who can play enough positions to get his bat in the line-up a lot, but the positions where his bat would be a plus are ones that he can't play well enough to play every day. The positions where he can play have an abundant supply of better bats. In many organizations that would still be top 5. The Reds are simply pretty deep with two potential top 25 guys in Chapman and Mesoraco, 2 "sky is the limit" youngsters in Y-Rod and Hamilton and two guys who project as every day players at their positions in Alonso and Cozart. Those things are ahead of Supersubs. Throw in a high leverage late inning lefty like Donniie Joseph and Frazier is no better than 8th on my list and needs to fight Duran, Grandal, Sappelt and Francisco to stay in the top ten.
I'd like to see the Reds give Frazier a chance to play 3B every day to see how he does. Its the one position where his bat will play and that he possibly has the glove for. But playing a spot every day exposes warts that just don't get exposed in spot play and the Reds need to find out about him under day-in, day-out conditions. I refuse to believe that he can be penciled in as a future 3b until the Reds give him a full season there playing every day.