Playing The Field




CINCINNATI—Generally, the top prospect in an organization has a position. He's a third baseman, a first baseman, a left fielder or a second baseman.

Todd Frazier, the Reds' No. 1 prospect, is all of the above. Frazier won't hazard a guess as to which spot he'll end up playing in the big leagues.

"I have no clue right now," Frazier said. "I really don't worry about it until the season comes up. If I hit, they'll find a spot for me. Basically, just keep hitting."

Frazier, 23, can hit. He hit a combined .292/.351/.481 with 16 home runs at Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville.

He has moved quickly through the system since being picked as a supplemental first-rounder in 2007 out of Rutgers.

"Every year, I set a goal for myself to move up one level," Frazier said. "My high school coach used to tell me that. Set them high, say you want to bat .400. It's a little drastic but it made sense for a young guy."

Frazier said his new goal is to make the Reds' big league roster this season, regardless of where the Reds put him in the field.

Frazier, who may be in the mix for the left field job, could end up in the big leagues at any of his five or six positions in the event of an injury.

"It's fun going into the clubhouse and looking at your name," he said. "It may be left field, maybe first, maybe third. It's actually really fun for me."

RED HOTS

• Enerio Del Rosario is the latest Mario Soto protégé. Del Rosario, a 23-year-old righthander, went a combined 3-1, 1.72 last year. He started in high Class A Sarasota, went to Double-A Carolina and then Triple-A Louisville. "He used to be an over-the-top guy," Soto said. "Now, he throws sidearm. His ball has so much movement that all they do is hit groundballs to the infield."

• Longtime Reds scout Gene Bennett was named the Midwest scout of the year at the Winter Meetings. Bennett has been with the Reds since 1952.