Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is the reverse of the axiom: The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. When the Lord took Scott Rolen away with yet another strained shoulder from a body that’s likely best donated to science at this point, the Lord gave the Reds a worthy replacement in Todd Frazier.
Perhaps best known around these parts as the guy who hit a no-handed home run against Jamie Moyer (the oldest pitcher to ever give up such a hit), Frazier has been impressive in his tryout as the Reds third baseman. Among batters with at least 80 plate appearances, Frazier ranks third in the league in independent slugging between Matt Kemp and Adam Dunn.
Is that type of power sustainable? Probably not, but as Eno Sarris wrote back in early April, Frazier has more to offer than the typical in-house, starting lineup replacement player. The 6’3″ 220 lbs 26 year-old has shown increased power numbers at ever level he’s played at, and his current .393 wOBA makes up for any defensive shortcomings he offers at third base.
While that number will likely drop to something closer to the .340 to .360 wOBA range he put up in his last two years at Triple A. With some improved plate discipline, in the style of Mark Trumbo, Frazier could offer the Reds a very cost effective solution at a position where offensive bright spots are becoming a rarity.
Added to all this is the fact that Frazier saved a man’s life the other night.
We’re just eating there, talking. I looked in the corner of my eye. I said, “Ludwick, I think that guy’s choking.” Next thing I know there’s two ladies one on each side, trying to pop it out. [Ludwick] said, “Get over there.” I was the closest one.
I ran over there and said, “Let me try it.” I tried it twice. It popped out. It was monster piece. The guy was very thankful. The lady he was with was crying. It was surreal. I never done it before in my life.
The wannabe Victor Mancini thanked the ballplayer and continued on with his meal.
We’ll thank Frazier by making him a Getting Blanked favourite and by following his progress with the Reds throughout the year.
And one more time, his no-handed home run: