Hypothetically, if you have excellent defenders and hitters at 2B and 3B, I think you could stick Frazier at SS just to get his bat in the lineup as long as he's no worse than Jeff Keppinger defensively.
camisadelgolf, I can't agree with you on that. He is too slow off the bat. There would be a mutiny among the pitchers. He will catch the balls he gets to, but you would be giving the opposition too many four-out innings, and we know how those often turn out.
I miss Adam Dunn.
Well, my personal belief is that you can have a below-average defender at shortstop as long as his bat is good enough to compensate. Depending on how bad of a shortstop he is, it sounds like Frazier potentially has the bat to stick at shortstop.
Last edited by OnBaseMachine; 12-02-2008 at 07:31 PM.
I miss Adam Dunn.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Four corner spots and a possibility of Votto, Bruce, Alonso, Frazier, Francisco and maybe even Soto vying for those spots in as little as two years. Seems to me at least one and possibly two will be dealt sometime in the next two years to address the current lack of quality depth at the core SS, C & CF positions or for a quality starter.
I believe that if the right target becomes along the first deal may well be this offseason (most likely Frazier or Francisco). Ironically though, it appears that the the deal might actually be for a veteran corner man (LF).
Also, if Frazier remains in the organization this year, and continues his current success, I think there's a good chance this is EdE's last as a Red.
When talking about Alonso being below average defensively does it just boil down to a lack of range or is there more to it?
"When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail"
I don't want to give an impression of Frazier as a bad defensive infielder. He just lacks that explosive first gear that you need at the shortstop position. He is listed at 6'3", 215. He is not going to be as quick at that size as a typical shortstop. I saw him at shortstop and love him as a prospect but would not want him at shortstop on a winning team.
Good points are raised about a trade of a couple of these top prospects. Of course, the key for the Reds is to be smart enough to recognize which ones truly are blue-chippers among their prize group of 5-7 players and which ones are over-rated. They all are not going to be MLB stars. To many of us, they all look like solid prospects but teams that win are the teams that are smarter than the Baseball America rankings and keep the players that are bound for success and trade the players that are bound to become the Sean Burroughs of the baseball world. There are 100 Burroughs, Corey Patterson, Tyler Houston guys who were thought to be destined for greatness and were simply over-rated, over-hyped, or just mis-evaluated.