Originally Posted by Old school 1983
That leads me to Frazier. He is a LESSER version of Bruce. High K low contact with pop. If he maxes out his talent, he is what Bruce is right now with bruce having room to get much better. And that's not taking D into account. Frazier has put in work. No doubting that. But he makes the easy plays look average, the average plays look hard, and the hard plus look near impossible. He sails a lot of his throws too. I see votto pulled back across first a lot. It's going to get him ran over. Todd can work all day long, but he will never be the caliber of 3b that Bruce is in right or cozart is at short. You will never see Frazier make the number of run saving plays that Bruce or cozart do. And when he's in cold mode like right now he doesn't bring anything to the team aside from pop off the bench.
I hear what you're saying, but most clubs have a guy like Frasier or worse at the #6 slot. He's a complimentary player, not a star. Still, it's very valuable to have a guy like Todd. He helps the team win games over the course of the season.
I agree that the Reds could use another high batting average/OBP guy. That would be great. The Ludwick injury really caused a ribble effect, even though the team has scored a lot of runs relative to everyone else in the league.
If Ludwick is healthy, and Phillips is batting second, then Frasier and Cozart's lower OBP is more tolerable. We have a hole in LF now, plus Hannigan got off to a slow start so the offense just seems worse than it really is. But when you put it in perspective, many teams have the same problem. Not many high OBP guys to go around, especially at 3b and SS. At least Cozart and Frasier can supply good slugging for their positions, and IMO, they both play defense well. Obviously, Cozart is more gifted defensively, but Frasier is fine.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
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