Frazier Rebounds For Reds
GOODYEAR, Ariz.—From Little League to Rutgers to the minor leagues with the Reds, Todd Frazier never dealt much with failure on a baseball field. Until April and May of last year, that is.
Frazier, who came into the 2010 season as the Reds' No. 1 prospect, found himself struggling to reach the Mendoza line after two months at Triple-A Louisville.
"It really was a weird year," Frazier said. "I've honestly never felt like that. But just getting through it and coming back in the second half and doing what I've always been doing, it was kind of an up for me."
Frazier, 25, did recover and hit .258/.333/.448 with 17 home runs for the season, including an .854 OPS after the all-star break. He had not hit worse than .291 in his first three years in the system.
"Going through that wasn't the worst thing," he said. "I'd rather go though it in the minor leagues. After that second month, I felt like I did what I had to do."
Frazier's problem was that he became overanxious at the plate.
"I was swinging at everything," he said. "It was weird. I'd get up there and it was: 'I got to get this hit, I got to swing at everything.' One hit ain't going to boost your average up to .300 right away.
"I had to take everything in stride."
Frazier came to spring training as a member of the 40-man roster for the first time. He has an outside shot of the making the club but remains a man without a defined position. He has played first, second, shortstop, third, left and right in the minors.
"I don't know where I'll end up," he said. "I wish I did. It's something that you'll never know until there's an opening, until there's a need. Right now, I'm working out at couple of positions—left and third. We'll see where he wants me to go when the games start."
• The Reds hope that when Double-A Carolina moves from Zebulon, N.C., to Pensacoloa, Fla., after this season that they can remain the team's major league affiliate.
• Righthander Daryl Thompson said he feels as good this year as he did before all his shoulder problems. Thompson, who got to the big leagues in 2008, was limited to nine starts in 2009 by the shoulder problems that led to surgery. The Reds added him to the 40-man roster after six impressive outings in the Arizona Fall League.