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Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier rounds third base. Photo found in article from this Big East.org article.

SS, Rutgers (profile)

HT: 6'4" WT: 220 lbs.

2005 Stats: .295 BA, 53 GP/GS, 220 AB, 61 R, 65 H, 13 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR, 36 RBI, 34 BB, 43 K, 19/21 SB/SBA

2006 Stats: .366 BA, .471 BA, .599 SLG, 58 GP/GS, 227 AB, 62 R, 83 H, 14 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR, 51 RBI, 42 BB, 42 K, 21/28 SB/SBA

Bio: If you don't remember Frazier as the Rockies' 37th round draft pick in 2004 (MLB.com scouting report and [working] video), maybe you remember him as the hero of the 1998 Little League World Series championship team from Toms River, NJ. This Frazier followed in the footsteps of his older brother Jeff and went Rutgers instead of pro ball out of high school. Jeff went in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft to the Tigers. The two have an older brother, Charles, who signed out of high school with the Marlins as 6th round pick in 1999. He hasn't played in the minors since 2004. Both Charles and Jeff play the outfield. Jeff's future may include a change of position once he is drafted.

He was named the 2007 Pre-season Big East Player of the Year back in January. As the article mentioned he was the first player since Bobby Brownlie in 2001 and 2002 to be named either pre-season player or pitcher of the year. Brownlie, entering the 2002 draft, was the top prospect until he developed some injury problems and fell to the 20's when the Cubs drafted him. He has yet to reach the Majors.

Here's what Patrick Ebert of Brewerfan.net and PG Crosschecker wrote about him entering the 2004 draft:

He has solid tools across the board, including a clean right handed stroke with good gap power that could develop more home run power as he gets older. He has good speed, range and a strong throwing arm that has allowed him to play shortstop in high school, although he projects better in the outfield as a pro.

Here is what he wrote about Frazier for the 2007 draft:

Few hitters available for the 2007 draft have Frazier's raw power potential, and he has proven to hit for power with wood during the summer of 2005 playing on the Cape Cod League, where he finished second in slugging percentage (.480) to last year's third overall pick, Evan Longoria, and also flashes his speed by legging out three triples to lead the circuit. Frazier's swing at this point in time is pretty big, as he rarely gets cheated at the plate, and it is something he will have to tone down so he's not overmatched at the next level.

He also played with Team USA during the 2006 summer when the team won the gold medal at the FISU Games. He actually played right field for the majority of games and he'll probably move there permanently after being drafted.

Baseball America currently projects Todd Frazier as the 27th player taken in the first round in their pre-season draft issue.