Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
How clear was it, really?
Frazier had a better OBP. Francisco had the lead in iso. Put it together, and yes Francisco had about 100 points better OPS, but there's a chance a lot of that is wiped out by defense as Francisco committed 13 errors while Frazier committed only 5.
Considering the whole package, I don't think Francisco was clearly better at all. In fact, including defense, I think Frazier had a slightly better year and this coming from a guy who hasn't been on the Frazier bandwagon, to be perfectly honest.
If you've seen them both play, you'd change your tune. Francisco's two best tools-- power and arm-- are much better than any tool Frazier possesses. Too, the kid is a solid two years younger at the same level playing a much more demanding position wheren errors are a part of the process. (While Frazier's glove is better and his range is as well, Francisco's defense is not to EdE's level.)
That 100 point OPS spread is worth a bunch, especially considering position.
Not only that, from a purely prospective position, Francisco's numbers continue to climb, while Frazier's not only stagnated, he's gone backwards. (And this isn't really an indictment of Frazier as a prospect. He's fine, all things considered, as a fourth OF and super sub, a la De Rosa.)
It's just that Francisco's talent level and numbers seem to indicate he's likely to be the better bet going forward.