The Cincinnati Reds are expecting big things this year from both Shin-Soo Choo and Todd Frazier and today they did not disappoint. The duo combined for seven hits and five runs in a 7-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
So far in spring training, everyone has been keeping an eye on Choo and what he can do in center field. The reports are so far so good as Choo has performed well when called upon. On top of his performance in the outfield, Choo has performed well at the plate this spring training hitting .421 with eight hits in 18 at bats and three stolen bases with an OBP of .476.
Of course you have to take the stats with a grain of salt because the numbers are always going to skewed a little bit. But if this is any indication of what Choo can bring to the Reds, especially in the lead off spot, it’s a sign of good things to come. There are still (I can’t believe I’m writing this) people upset at the fact they have traded for him. I have to say that I will be his biggest supporter this season because I want to see him do well to silence the critics about the Reds trading for him and not allowing the top Reds’ prospect Billy Hamilton to roam center.
As for Todd Frazier, he is starting to wake from his slow start (if we’re looking by the numbers, of course). Frazier and Reds’ fans alike are hoping for a breakout season to avoid the sophomore slump many players go through. It’s been smooth sailing for Frazier so far as he continues to impress the Reds’ organization. Frazier has five hits in 18 at bats in just eight games played and an OBP of .386.
It’s important that he performs well because the spotlight is on him now with Scott Rolen moving on. If he can put up the same numbers he did last year and then some on top of his play at third base, Frazier could be a danger in the Reds’ lineup again this season.
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