Adam Frazier
Adam Frazier
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Pittsburgh Pirates
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Frazier showed two abilities in the minor leagues: strong bat-to-ball skills and a willingness to steal bases. The latter was on display in 2017, but disappeared in 2018 despite nearly identical on-base percentages and batting averages. The disappointment in steals was offset by a gain in his power, as he had the first double-digit homer season of his professional career. He doubled his home-run-to-flyball ratio despite little change in his average exit velocity or launch angle. Statcast data shows that his 2018 numbers overachieved based on the quality of his contact, so a repeat of the double-digit homer total seems unlikely. Perhaps fewer home runs will lead him to attempt more steals in 2019, but this is otherwise a compiler skill set -- a player who gives you some contributions across the board but not enough in any one category to push the needle. There's some additional value in his positional flexibility. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
Ready for regular action
2BPittsburgh Pirates
February 18, 2019
Frazier is set to start the 2019 season as the team's everyday second baseman.
He slashed just .239/.323/.355 in 156 plate appearances before the Pirates sent him to Triple-A in late June. After a month in the minors, Frazier returned and hit .306/.357/.533 in 196 plate appearances over the final three months. He isn't the strongest defender -- his .975 fielding percentage ranked 35th among 42 second basemen with 350 innings or more -- so he'll have to hit. The 27-year-old has no immediate competition at second base with Josh Harrison gone, so the opportunity for upside is possible.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .663 159 15 1 18 2 .286 .323 .340
Since 2016vs Right .788 807 113 17 81 12 .279 .350 .438
2018vs Left .586 70 10 1 5 0 .224 .257 .328
2018vs Right .853 282 42 9 30 1 .291 .363 .490
2017vs Left .676 63 3 0 10 2 .304 .355 .321
2017vs Right .754 391 52 6 43 7 .271 .343 .411
2016vs Left .840 26 2 0 3 0 .417 .423 .417
2016vs Right .753 134 19 2 8 4 .279 .343 .410
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Since 2016
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Since 2016Home .821 454 66 10 52 7 .306 .369 .452
Since 2016Away .720 512 62 8 47 7 .258 .325 .395
2018Home .979 158 28 6 22 0 .336 .408 .571
2018Away .654 194 24 4 13 1 .230 .289 .365
2017Home .739 227 28 2 24 6 .295 .352 .386
2017Away .748 227 27 4 29 3 .256 .336 .412
2016Home .737 69 10 2 6 1 .274 .333 .403
2016Away .790 91 11 0 5 3 .321 .374 .417
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How does Adam Frazier compare to other hitters?
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Frazier turned in a decent sophomore season after a promising 2016 season between Triple-A and the big-league level. He posted high on-base percentages and batting averages throughout the minors and did the same in his rookie season over 160 plate appearances. Last year, the OBP remained good but the average slipped a bit. Despite the nine steals, he is not an efficient basestealer. He was caught five times last year and that comes on the heels of a 21-for-37 showing between Triple-A and the majors in 2016. In fact, he has been successful just 58 percent of the time over his entire career. Given the breakeven rate for steals is around 70 percent, Frazier seems likely to get a restrictor plate from the front office, and he instantly becomes a replacement-level player with an empty batting average. In short, this is roster filler.
The Pirates are grooming Frazier for a super utility role in 2017. The 25-year-old saw time at second base, shortstop and in the outfield last season, though he only qualifies in the outfield in leagues requiring a 20-game minimum. While he's not particularly strong defensively, he's shown an ability to hit for average wherever he's played. Frazier batted .333 for Triple-A Indianapolis in 2016 and holds a career .300/.363/.378 line in the minors. His triple-slash with Pittsburgh was almost a mirror image. Fantasy owners won't find power -- he's hit a combined five homers in four pro seasons -- or speed -- he's never stolen more than 17 bases -- but Frazier's a strong bet to hit for a high batting average.
If one focuses on what Frazier cannot do, his below average power and fringe average speed will quickly become apparent. Admittedly, those are two pretty big aspects of a hitting prospect’s fantasy value. However, for dynasty league owners who play in deeper leagues, or prefer a general glass-half-full mentality, there are three things he can do quite well that should garner attention. First, he played primarily shortstop (58 games) and center field (29 games) last year at Double-A Altoona — two of the most valuable defensive positions in baseball. This speaks to his athleticism. Second, he has a plus hit tool, although this skill typically only manifests itself in singles and doubles, as just 10 of his 318 career hits have been triples or home runs. Lastly, he posted a 42:34 K:BB in 423 plate appearances last year, demonstrating one of the best such rates in Double-A. Shortstops with Frazier’s hitting ability and advanced approach are quite rare, but his lack of a high ceiling also cannot be debated.
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Frontrunner for second-base duties
2BPittsburgh Pirates
December 21, 2018
General manager Neal Huntington suggested last week that Frazier would open the 2019 campaign as the Pirates' everyday second baseman, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. "We feel good about Adam Frazier getting a chance to play second base on a regular basis and letting him go play one position," Huntington said.
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Held out Sunday
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 30, 2018
Frazier (hamstring) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Reds.
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Feels tight hamstring
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 29, 2018
Frazier left in the fourth inning of Saturday's game with right hamstring tightness.
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On bench vs. southpaw
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 27, 2018
Frazier is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Thursday.
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Out against lefty
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 23, 2018
Frazier will hit the bench Sunday against southpaw Wade Miley and the Brewers.
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