Outside of Cincinnati, the name Todd Frazier is hardly known. He isn’t a sexy topic among the the national media, but Frazier is anything but an unknown around the Queen City and their fans. For as much as the struggles of the Cincinnati Reds have been documented this season, the success of Frazier has not.
Throughout the season, the Reds have done their best to tread water as injuries continued to take a toll on their roster. Despite injuries and struggles by many different players, Todd Frazier remained the lone consistent threat in a lineup full of inconsistency. On pace to eclipse career highs, Frazier is currently batting .276 (career best: .273), with 14 home runs (19), 35 runs batted in (73) and an on base percentage of .353 all before the mid-summer’s classic. Aside from ranking second on the team in average (behind Devin Mesoraco) and on base percentage (behind Joey Votto), Frazier leads the team in runs batted, home runs and runs scored.
While the chances of it actually happening are rather slim, Frazier deserves consideration for the league’s Most Valuable Player award. In premise, the player most deserving of the award should be irreplaceable to his team. And for the Reds, that is exactly what Frazier has been. Despite losing stars to injury such as Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, Devin Mesoraco and Billy Hamilton, Frazier has provided what little offense the team has managed to produce. On the back of Frazier, the Reds have somehow managed to stay within two games of an even record.
Yet, watching Frazier on the diamond and you would never see anything different about the way he carries himself — MVP consideration or not. He’s the first to congratulate teammates, always showering players with praise and leading his team in ways many (myself included) didn’t think was possible. Todd Frazier is irreplaceable to the Cincinnati Reds, and that is why he is deserving of MVP consideration.