Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
Yes, Frazier played LF, but he also played probably close to double the number of innings than did Fracnsico and had 10 fewer errors to show for it.
It's hard to quantify that data alone, especially comparing different positions, but it doesn't take much math to know that the defense of that differential probably wipes out most or all of the 100 point OPS.
If we look at defense too, as it does matter, there's no way anyone can look at their seasons and derive at a conclusion that Francisco was much better.
I've not seen Frazier play defense. But I've read comments on RedsZone that question his defense.
If Frazier were a good defensive infielder, I still don't understand why the Reds moved him to LF.
Similarly, if Francisco was so hopeless at 3B, why do the Reds keep him there?
My take is that the Reds see JF as having better tools with a chance to be a good defender at third. He's still young and they want to give him the reps at third base to get better there.
I like Frazier as a hitting prospect - seems very solid - but it troubles me that the team has moved him all over the field and now has put him in LF where a big bat is needed to excel.