Todd Frazier Has Turned into a Real Gamer for the Cincinnati Reds

Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIJune 12, 2012

Todd Frazier
Todd FrazierJoe Robbins/Getty Images

With Scott Rolen still on the shelf there is really no where else to look for a successor other than Todd Frazier. He has really stepped up his game and his power is beyond belief. How can a man hit a home run after the bat leaves his hands?

As of statistics through June 11, 2012 he has hit seven homers in only 109 AB. That cascades down to a team-leading average of one HR in 15.6 AB. Jay Bruce came in at a close second followed by Ryan Ludwick.

Frazier's line is .275/.328/.596. It makes no sense to sit him for a game here and there in lieu of Miguel Cairo. Frazier is 26 and appears to be the future at the hot corner. Cairo is a situational player and should only be used to pinch hit or fill in due to injuries.

Although Frazier's defense is not approachable to that of Rolen, he has well taken up the slack at the plate. He is on a course to hit well over 20 home runs if he plays regularly.

With runners in scoring position, he is hitting .296 with a homer and 13 knocked in, and has an OPS of 1.042, which is not too shabby.

If you will recall he had made the team when they broke camp and headed home this spring. With Bill Bray not being healthy, Frazier was sent to the farm that afternoon. 

He was called up from Triple-A Louisville on April 19 and has really done a stellar job. In his last 3 games, he is hitting .444 with 1 HR, and 7 RBI.

He hits well on the road, having hit four away from the cracker box formerly called GABP. He is versatile, durable and looks to be here for a long while.