Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
Their pedigrees are nothing alike. Headley's career minor league line is almost exactly the magical .300/.400/.500 over 1663 plate appearances, almost all of which were completed before the age of 24. That's a thing of beauty. By contrast, Frazier amassed more than 1000 plate appearance at AAA alone, almost all of them AFTER he turned 24. His line at AAA: .261/.335/.453. Boo!
Chase Headley played in the California League, Texas League and Pacific Coast League in the Minors. They are the three most hitter friendly leagues you can think of.
Todd Frazier played in the Florida State League, which is like playing in Petco every night, the Southern League, which is about neutral and the International League (and LSF) which are pitcher friendly.
So overall, Headley minor league numbers were mostly built in incredibly hitting friendly environments, while Frazier's were mostly built in pitching friendly environments, one of which is the worst in the minor leagues for hitters to play in.
Of course, with that all said, I don't think Todd Frazier is going to turn into Chase Headley.