Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
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.
Who said I haven't seen them both play? I have, and I'm not changing my tune. As I've said repeatedly in this thread, I don't think Francisco is very good defensively at third and his approach at the plate is not one that is likely to translate to Major League success. In fact, Todd Frazier played 35 games at third this year in Louisville: committing 3 errors. Franciso committed 11 errors at Louisville in 62 games.
Francisco has better tools. No one is arguing that. But better tools won't always win out and I don't see Francisco being much at the next level. Not that I think Frazier will either. I think he's more of a solid but not spectacular guy.