Talking baseball with NL All-Stars
July, 16, 2014
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Al BehrmanIn just 94 games, Todd Frazier already has a career high in steals, tied his best in homers and is close to doing the same in runs scored.
MINNEAPOLIS -- What a week it's been for Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier! What a season, really. Let's just say few would have guessed that if the Reds were going to have an offensive breakout performer this season, that Frazier, who entered the season with a career .244 batting average along with modest power and little speed, would have been it. Frazier ranks 17th on the overall Player Rater after finishing 17th at his position last season. He's already tied his career best with 19 home runs, and surely more shocking has been the .290 batting average and 14 stolen bases.
Put simply, when compared to what the draft day investment was -- if there was one at all -- the case can easily be made he has been the fantasy MVP at the All-Star break. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve top the Rater, but one was a top 2 pick at worst in all leagues and the other was a top 100 player all along. Frazier barely cracked the top 250. Frazier, Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley and Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier are excellent fantasy MVP candidates, considering their value based on investment.