So many Spring Training camps this season as in every season will see a young player that is ready to play kept down in the minor leagues because there is no room for him at the big league level and the team doesn’t want to trade him. Every now and then though, once in a blue moon you might say, it works out perfectly. When it does happen just the perfect way with perfect timing it is a beautiful thing to watch.
Such a perfect occurrence has happened within the past couple of years with the Cincinnati Reds. Over at third base, duties for playing every day have bounced from one player to another for a bit. Now though, starting full-time last season, the third base job belongs to Todd Frazier. It’s his job period. He might take a break every time the other everyday third basemen do but day in and day out, this is your man at the hot corner for the Reds and they could have done a lot worse.
Frazier was in the top five in Rookie of the Year voting. Now, during the 2013 season, there is a great chance he will be among the top five third basemen in all of Major League Baseball. He could be a perennial .300 average guy and put up twenty to thirty homers and upwards of a hundred runs batted in. He is only improving so early in his career. If that trend continues, don’t be surprised if eventually he gets a few votes tossed around in the Most Valuable Player category.