Originally Posted by TRF
Frazier in 2012: .273 .331 .498 .829
Last time Sandoval had an OPS over .789: 2011.
Anyone thinking Sandoval is going to bounce back to his 2011 form after being GENEROUSLY listed at 240 this year (WTH?) is dreaming. http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/20...-weight-again/
262 at 3B.
I just don't see the point of weakening the defense to put the better defender in a position where defense is not as important. Again, you upgrade LF by getting a LF.
Until Frazier's supporters truly address his offensive fall off in 2013, I'm not persuaded he should be a starting player on a top team.
As noted, Frazier's ground ball rate rose dramatically and his line drive rate was one of the lowest on the team.
IMO the league figured out Frazier last year.
I see no reason to assume he will revert to 2012 numbers unless he alters his swing/approach.
Sandoval is simply a better hitter. The Reds have a number of weak hitting positions, they won't get better unless they improve a few of them.
If the Reds said that they have a meaningful plan to change Frazier's swing/approach, I would listen. I like his defense; he has power and can be effective, but something in his swing/approach needs to change.
Otherwise, I think they have to consider a change at the position, or a platoon, or something.