Cincinnati Reds: Is Todd Frazier Ready for Star Status Already in 2013?
Reds fans had been clamoring for Todd Frazier to get a chance in Cincinnati after back-to-back solid seasons in 2008 and 2009 between the Single-A and Double-A levels.
Frazier finally got that chance in 2012 when Scott Rolen, and then Joey Votto went down with successive injuries.
Upon receiving regular starts on May 12th, Frazier took off slashing .268/.319/.483 with 18 HR, 24 doubles and four triples in his 103 games played from that date forward.
All-in-all, Frazier finished 2012 with 19 HR, 26 doubles, 67 RBI and 55 runs scored to go along with a .273/.331/.498 slash line.
Frazier's season netted him third place in the NL Rookie of the Year voting and he looks poised to take over full-time starting duties at third base in 2013.
Frazier may be poised for another successful season in 2013, but is he ready to turn his breakout season into stardom?
Frazier was a .280/.353/.475 hitter in the minors and had 162-game averages of 22 HR, 40 doubles, 89 RBI, 92 runs scored and 17 steals.
In order to put that in perspective, if Frazier reaches those totals over the course of the 2013 season, he would finish in the top-10 among Major League third basemen in all of the categories listed above (see 2012 third base stat leaders).
When you think about what Todd Frazier did in his 128 games in 2012, it's not out of the question to think that he could reach his 162-game averages from his minor league career in 2013.
If he does in fact produce at the rate his minor league numbers indicate him being capable of, Frazier will become a star overnight.
Star-caliber third basemen are tough to come by (there's only about eight if you count A-Rod) but Frazier is certainly capable of reaching that level.
Regular, uninterrupted starts at third base will greatly benefit Frazier who had to split time with Scott Rolen both early on and down the stretch in 2012.
In addition to his on-field contributions, Frazier is the consummate good guy. His efforts at Reds' Fest helped raise $11,000 to benefit the Presbyterian Church of Toms River and Toms River Little League. Both of which were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
The 26-year-old is also a major presence in the Reds' clubhouse and the community of Cincinnati.
To be fair, even if Frazier doesn't reach "star status", the Reds struck gold when they drafted him. However, Todd Frazier looks to be ready for big things in 2013.
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