Fantasy Baseball: Spotlight on Todd Frazier

By Professor Bush
Frank Victores – USA Today Sports

If you are lucky enough to have Todd Frazier on your fantasy baseball team, you have a pretty valuable trade chip right now.

Three key 3Bs are on the DL: Ryan Zimmerman, Aramis Rameriz and Hanley Rameriz. Three others are having slow starts: David FreeseMike Moustakas and Trevor Plouffe. So there probably are a few managers in your league looking for a 3B right about now.

Frazier is one of those players with the valuable 1B, 3B and OF eligibility. He developed this versatility early in his baseball career. He was the winning pitcher in the 1998 Little League World Series. Then he played shortstop at Rutgers University, where he holds the school record for the most career home runs and runs scored. Last year he played games at 1B during an injury to Joey Votto.

In his first full season last year, he finished with 19 HRs and a .273 AVG. This season he’s batting sixth in the Cincinnati Reds lineup and after 82 ABS he has 6 HRs and 18 RBI. If you project this out to even a modest 425 AB season, you can see Frazier finishing with 30 HRs and 100 RBI. I don’t believe this will happen, but you can use this logic in your trade negotiations. Combine this with his position flexibility and you have a great bargaining chip for a trade if you are lucky enough to have another good 3B on your roster.

If you need pitching help, maybe you can trade Frazier for someone like a Matt Latos. Or if you need help at catcher, maybe you could get Wilin Rosario for him.

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