Frazier’s NL ROY chances?
If you have some time, be sure to check out my Monday feature on Reds rookie infielder Todd Frazier. It’s posted on Reds.com/MLB.com.
There’s no denying that Frazier has delivered a superb season and loomed large in the Reds’ success when either Scott Rolen or Joey Votto or both were injured.
But is Frazier’s 2012 season worthy of the National League Rookie of the Year Award?
In this story by MLB.com colleague Paul Hagen, one NL executive says yes.
In 118 games, Frazier is batting .284/.345/.517 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs. Among NL rookies, he’s second in RBIs and triples (6), third in homers and total bases (202) and fifth in batting.
At this point, he has two chief rivals in Nationals OF Bryce Harper and Arizona LHP Wade Miley.
Harper in 123 games: .263/.335/.458 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs. (ranks 1st with 84 runs, 218 total bases and seven triples, 2nd in HRs, 4th in RBIs)
In 29 games, 26 starts: Miley is 15-10 with a 3.10 ERA, 177 innings, 34 walks and 127 strikeouts (all best among NL rookies).
I didn’t get this quote into my story, but MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds, who has known Frazier since his Little League World Series days, doesn’t think voters will give him the award.
“Two weeks ago, I would have said it was Todd. Right now, it’s going to be Bryce Harper,” Reynolds said. “There’s no doubt about it in my mind. I think what Todd did in the stretch when Votto was out while playing in his spot and keeping this team afloat, spoke volumes. Over the stretch of the year and the hype, I think Harper is going to end up winning this thing.”
Hurting Frazier’s chances has to be his performance down the stretch. He hasn’t hit a homer since Aug. 21 and he’s batting .212 (11-for-52) since notching his last RBI on Aug. 28.