When Scott Rolen decided not to return to the Cincinnati Reds this offseason, it left a hole at third base for the team to fill. The first seven games of the season has seen Todd Frazier step up who could be becoming one of the better young players in MLB. Frazier has three home runs and ten RBIs through seven games, along with sporting a .414 batting average. I think that Frazier is filling Rolen’s shoes just fine.
Frazier played in 128 games last season and was all over the diamond during those games, hitting 19 home runs while batting .273. The Reds now have a full-time role for Frazier with third base and he is really taking advantage of the chance to play every day.
This is a player that played five different positions last season for Cincinnati and with the Reds improved offensively this season, Frazier hasn’t had to try to be the hero — he is doing that job with his early play.
Frazier is also coming cheap to Cincinnati this season since he is making just $528,000. I would hope that the team signs Frazier to a better deal soon if he is going to play like this all the time. The Reds are 5-2 to start the year and already own a two-game lead in the National League Central.
Frazier has been a big part of the strong start in Cincinnati and I don’t see any reason why he can’t keep hitting close to this for most of the season. I think he will finish with 20-25 home runs and 80-85 RBIs to lead Cincinnati to the division crown.