Originally Posted by GOYA
One thing I notice about Frazier is that his OPS has steadily dropped every year. We'll see what he can do repeating the AAA level. But Francisco simply outperforms him and at a younger age.
Agree. I think people put too much weight on Frazier's performance at Billings and Dayton and picture him with .900 OPS in Cincy. Those numbers were from a well prepared college player against a league that just wasn't as advanced as he was. As Frazier has climbed the ladder, that OPS has become more ordinary. If he were a sure thing in the middle infield every day, I'd' have him at number 2 or 3, but as a LF he's pretty much an interchangeable part (and that assumes we don't see another reduction in productivity as he advances from AAA to the majors which is actually a pretty optimistic assumption). I'd like to see him at 3B every day in AAA, but until he does that, we just don't know about that. I'd rather see him as a 400 PA super sub who plays 6 positions (1B, 2B, SS, 3B, LF, RF) then settle in as a run of the mill LF who struggles to OPS in the .775 to .800 range. As many say in the Gomes thread, those are easy to find (the Giants picked-up two guys like that on the waiver wire during the 2010 season) and there isn't much value there IMO. I think he'll be a decent major league bench guy and that isn't to be looked down upon, its just the Reds have guys who have a better fit of skillset to position (Cozart, Joseph, Alonso maybe even Sappelt), higher ceilings (Hamilton, Y-Rod, Duran) or star potential (Mesoraco, Chapman) and I just find it hard to rate guys like Francisco and Frazier, who may not be able to handle any position that the bat can justify, ahead of them.