Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier
Cincinnati Reds – No. 21
Third Baseman
Born: (1986-02-12) February 12, 1986 (age 28)
Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 23, 2011 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .249
Home runs 44
Runs batted in 155
Teams

Career highlights and awards

  • MLB Players Choice NL Outstanding Rookie (2012)
Todd Frazier
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Competitor for  United States
World University Championship
Gold 2006 Havana National team

Todd B. Frazier (born February 12, 1986) is a Major League Baseball infielder/outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. Frazier is 6'3, 215 lb, right-handed, was a shortstop in college, and was converted to outfield in 2009. Frazier played left field and third base for the Reds in 2011. In 2012, in addition to playing both third base and left field, he has played first base, filling in for the injured Joey Votto.[1]

Early life

Frazier played for the Toms River, New Jersey team that won the 1998 Little League World Series. In the final game, he was the winning pitcher in the Box score and went 4-4 with a lead off home run.[2] He was also a member of the 1996 Junior Pee-Wee National Champions. He played his high school ball at Toms River High School South.[3] His older brother, Jeff, was a member of the Detroit Tigers organization and the Cubs organization.

Frazier played in college for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. In 2007, he started all 63 games for Rutgers, putting up a .377 batting average, a .502 on-base percentage, and a .757 slugging percentage. He won Big East player of the year in 2007 and was named a Rivals.com All-American.[4] He now lives in Toms River. His name is on a Little League field called Frazier Field House.

Professional career

Frazier was drafted #34 overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.[5]

On July 11, 2007, Frazier made his professional debut as a designated hitter for the Billings Mustangs (the Reds Rookie-Advanced farm team in the Pioneer League) going 2-for-4 with 2 singles, an RBI and a run scored.[6] Frazier finished the 2007 season with the Dayton Dragons.


As of June 30, 2010, Frazier has been playing multiple positions for the Louisville Bats (the Reds Triple AAA farm team in the International League. He also spent the 2010 preseason as a non-roster invitee to the Reds training camp. After the 2010 season, he was added to the Reds' 40 man roster.[7]

On May 23, 2011, Frazier and Matt Maloney were recalled, with Edinson Volquez and Jordan Smith optioned to Triple-A Louisville.[8] Frazier struck out in his first major league plate appearance facing Michael Stutes while pinch-hitting for Matt Maloney. He would not stay in the game.[9]

On May 24, 2011, Frazier was optioned back to Louisville to add an extra arm, Carlos Fisher, to the bullpen.[10]

On July 31, 2011, Frazier hit his first career home run, a solo homer, off of Barry Zito's 1-1 hanging curveball.

On May 16, 2012, Frazier hit two home runs against the New York Mets.

On May 23, 2012, Frazier hit a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth against the Atlanta Braves.

On May 27, 2012, Frazier homered off of the Colorado Rockies' Jamie Moyer in a 7-5 win for the Reds. The home run was unusual, because Frazier's bat slipped out of his hands as he was in the process of swinging.[11]

On November 5, 2012, Frazier was named the National League's Outstanding Rookie by the MLB Player's Association.[12] On April 18, 2013 Todd hit a homer for the Reds' honorary batboy for a man named Teddy Kremer who is an adult with Down syndrome.[13]

Frazier is a fan of Frank Sinatra, even choosing Sinatra's songs to play when he walks up to the batter's box before an at-bat during home games.[14][15]

Before every home game he eats breakfast or lunch (depending on the time of the game) at The Bluebird Restaurant in Norwood, Ohio.

References

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)

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