Todd Frazier once shocked Little League baseball when he led a team of motivated, but outmanned, youngsters from Toms River, New Jersey to a memorable championship. The year was 1998 and the then 12 year old hit, defended and paved the way for the team from the “Jersey Shore” to a shocking upset.
Observers knew way back then that young Todd would grow up to be a major league ballplayer. And that, of course, is exactly what happened. After starring at Rutgers University during a stellar collegiate career, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round, 34th overall pick, in 2007.
The young third baseman was called up by the parent club on May 23, 2011. The results that day were negligible. Todd “took the collar” which means that he got no hits. But his star was destined to rise.
The right-handed slugger played 48 games down the stretch in 2011 and hit just six home runs while driving in just fifteen runs.
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Todd’s first full season, 2012, was noteworthy for his offensive improvement. He slugged nineteen home runs in 128 games and plated sixty-seven runners with clutch hitting. He produced almost identical numbers the following year, in 2013.
But his growing familiarity with the league and its pitchers held out the promise of a coming offensive explosion. It arrived in the third baseman’s next season – 2014.
Last year, Todd Frazier became one of the senior circuit’s best young players. He appeared in one hundred fifty-seven games … belted a career best twenty nine home runs … drove in eighty runs and became a fan favorite of the Cincinnati faithful. It was, by any standard, his breakthrough year.
2015 has been even better. In just ninety-seven games this season (just ten days after the All Star game), Frazier has elevated his game dramatically. To date, he has hit twenty-seven home runs and has seventy runs batted in (RBIs). His on-base percentage stands at .329, a figure that indicates he receives lots of bases on balls.
Numbers don’t lie and “the kid from the Jersey Shore” is poised to topple all of his personal offensive records by season’s end. He is close to doing that right now.
Frazier has been mentioned in trade talk this month, but it seems obvious a suitor will have to give the Reds top prospects to get Frazier back in return. SO, IT SEEMS UNLIKELY A TRADE WILL TAKE PLACE.
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