by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mets.
Frazier is hitting just .217 in May but appears to be breaking out of the slump, as he has six hits in his last eight games. He'll get a chance to stay fresh Wednesday as Jack Hannahan gets a start at third base.
Todd Frazier snaps out of slump
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Reds infielder Todd Frazier has not homered in May, but he showed a little life Saturday in a 10-0 win over the Phillies.
Frazier went 2 for 4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored, ending a four-game hitless streak. Frazier is 7 for 44 in May, with a .474 on-base plus slugging percentage. He had six home runs in April.
Todd Frazier not in Reds' lineup Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is not in the club's lineup Tuesday.
Jack Hannahan will start at third and hit seventh during the game. Frazier should return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Braves' Mike Minor. Frazier is hitting .239/.318/.451 in 113 at-bats.
Losing confidence in Todd Frazier?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) What has happened to Reds third baseman Todd Frazier? After a torrid start to the season, Frazier has struggled the last few weeks, which has caused some Fantasy owners to dump him onto waivers.
But is that the right move? Maybe. It's not like Frazier's slump has lasted a few games. It's been several weeks. A .148 average and 24 strikeouts in his last 24 games isn't going to instill a lot of confidence in Fantasy owners.
If you can afford to be patient for a few more weeks, then I say hold onto Frazier. He was due for a market correction after bursting out of the gate, but Frazier's has been a little more extreme because I think he's had a little bad luck in this stretch. He has just a .243 BABIP, which is well below his career .293 mark, per FanGraphs.com. Also, Frazier has just an 11.3 percent line-drive rate through 30 games, which is below his career 20.4 percent mark.
Also, it's worth pointing out Frazier has been terrible on the road this year. He's batting just .122 in 14 away games, as opposed to .316 in 16 home games. Frazier hasn't been great on the road in his career, but he hasn't been this bad of a hitter. In his career, he has a .255 average and .471 slugging percentage on the road.
It seems if these three trends head back toward the norm for Frazier, then we might start to see a more reliable Fantasy option emerge.
Todd Frazier moved to fifth spot in lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Reds manager Dusty Baker made a tweak to his lineup Sunday against the Nationals. With left-hander Ross Detwiler on the mound, Baker dropped Jay Bruce to the sixth spot in the lineup and elevated Todd Frazier to the fifth spot.
"Frazier’s good against lefties and Bruce has struggled against this guy," Baker said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It’s been a struggle this first month with Bruce, period. We need some RBI from Frazier and he’s been pretty good with men on base."
Baker said he isn't sure how long this lineup change will last.
"Things change during the course of a season, because we are in the production business," Baker said. "Sometimes you’ve just got to do things. You wait and wait and wait and sometimes you’ve got to make a change. I don’t know how long this is for."
Frazier entered play Sunday mired in a 3-for-25 slump (.120) in his last eight games, dropping his season average from .305 to .250. However, his 19 RBI rank second on the team behind Brandon Phillips' 22 RBI.
Todd Frazier knocks sixth home run
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier knocked his sixth home run Wednesday against the Cubs.
Frazier's sixth-inning shot against Jeff Samardzija proved to be the only run of the game. Frazier finished 1 for 2 with a walk to go with the home run and is hitting .263/.352/.553 on the year.
Todd Frazier doubles in three runs off the bench
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Not even a rest day can stop Todd Frazier's hot season. The Reds third baseman hit a three-run double in his second at-bat after entering in the sixth inning Sunday against Miami.
Frazier now has 17 RBI and a .292/.373/.585 batting line.
Todd Frazier out of Reds' lineup Sunday
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is out of Sunday's lineup, the club announced.
Frazier has started at third base in 17 of the Reds' 18 contests and will get a day off for rest. He is hitting a robust .286/.370/.571 (148 OPS+) with five home runs and 14 RBI.
Jack Hannahan gets the start at third base in Frazier's place.
Todd Frazier homers for second straight day
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier homered for the second consecutive day in Thursday's 11-1 win over the Marlins. The two-run shot came in the sixth inning off reliever John Maine and gives Frazier five home runs this season.
Frazier also singled and walked during his four plate appearances. He'll try to stay hot this weekend as the Reds continue their series against the Marlins.
Todd Frazier making strides defensively
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Despite batting just .080 (2 for 25) in his past seven games, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has been making some solid progress on the defensive side of the ball, MLB.com reports.
The 27-year-old robbed Phillies John Mayberry Jr. of a base hit with a diving stab on Tuesday night, which helped preserve the 0-0 tie.
"That felt good," Frazier said on Wednesday. "You never really know what can happen there. I was trying to knock it down. It actually came back as I dove. I had to alligator-arm it a little bit. When I came up, I just had to fire it over there."
Frazier added that he focused on his agility and footwork during the offseason as he was primed to replace eight-time Gold Glove winner Scott Rolen at the hot corner.
"Fraz works hard. It just doesn't happen because you wake up in the morning," manager Dusty Baker said. "He put in the work. ... Plus, it's helped that he's played one position for the first time in his life."
Todd Frazier prolongs RBI streak
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier watched his hitting streak to begin the season end at six games Monday, but he was still able to extend his stellar RBI run. Frazier finished 0 for 4 with a walk during Cincinnati's 13-4 victory at St. Louis, however, he netted his 10th RBI of the season on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning.
He has now driven in a run during each of his past six games while carrying a .414 batting average and .485 on-base percentage.
Todd Frazier off to red-hot start
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Reds infielder Todd Frazier is off to a hot start at the plate. After a slow start to spring training, Frazier got things going in the second half of camp and has carried it over to start the season.
Frazier, who has reached base safely in each game, is hitting .480 (12 for 25) with a team-high three home runs and nine RBI through his first six games this season.
"I just want to drive the ball and keep doing what I did last year and keep producing for this team," Frazier said. "It goes to show you, when we get good pitching going, our hitting will come through."
Todd Frazier's tear continues
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Reds infielder Todd Frazier has a hit in each of the team's first four games this season, and his best performance came Friday against the Nationals.
Frazier led the way in a blowout win, going 4 for 5 with three runs scored and a pair of home runs. Frazier's first home run went for 437 feet in the second inning for a solo shot, and then followed that up with a two-run longball in the seventh. The Reds would win the game, 15-0.
"When you get into a groove hitting wise, it seems like nothing can get you out," Frazier told MLB.com. "Whatever you’re doing – swinging with one hand or do something silly, it still feels like you’re going to hit the ball hard."
Frazier also hit a home run in the team's previous game Thursday, giving him three in the first four games of the season. Frazier is batting .471 with six RBI, as well.
Todd Frazier just misses two-HR game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier was one of three Cincinnati hitters to homer off Angels starter Joe Blanton during a 5-4 win Thursday.
Frazier's first home run of the season was a solo shot leading off the second inning. He finished 2 for 3 with two runs and one double, which came close to being his second home run of the game.
Frazier's fly ball went off the yellow padding atop the wall in the fourth inning, and he continued to third when center fielder Mike Trout bobbled the carom for an error. The umpires checked to make sure the ball didn't clear the wall. Frazier scored on Ryan Hanigan's sacrifice fly -- Cincinnati's only run that didn't come off a homer.
Frazier has hit safely in each of the first three games. He's batting .333 (4 for 12) with two RBI in that span.
Todd Frazier is being drafted way too late
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/26/2013) He's eligible at first and third base, two of the deepest positions in Fantasy this year, but that's really not a good excuse for Todd Frazier to rank as the 230th player taken (in H2H drafts; he is 210 in Roto). He hit .273 with 19 home runs last year in 128 games, bouncing from third to first to the outfield. The stability alone of just having to play third base this year should add a few home runs. And although Frazier only had three steals last year with the Reds, he averaged about 10 steals per season in the minors (and that's with two truncated seasons in which he was called up to the majors).
Although Frazier isn't a top-10 third baseman, he has a case for top 12, and definitely top 15, especially with all the injuries at the position. In Tout Wars this weekend, he went for $20 in NL-only and $8 in Mixed. Yet he barely makes the top 20 in ADP (Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter are surging below him, too), and is being drafted after players like Mark Buehrle, Erick Aybar, and Jason Hammel. He's almost like the secret handshake of the Fantasy industry.
Let Frazier drop at your own peril, but he will put up better numbers than a large group of players going ahead of him. It's one thing to wait on him until the middle rounds, but another entirely to write him off and pursue the Michael Youngs of the world instead.
Frazier shakes off calf issue
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (2/28/2013) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier shook off a left calf issue as he turned in a decent performance in Thursday's Cactus League contest against the Diamondbacks. Frazier reached base on a throwing error in the second and reached base in the third on a fielder's choice as he went 1 for 3 in a 6-5 defeat.
Frazier sidelined by calf injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/26/2013) MLB.com reports Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hasn't played in a spring game since straining his left calf sliding into third base Saturday. Were just being cautious about it, nothing serious, Frazier said Tuesday morning. I could play but they said Im going to take a couple of days off just to heal it up. Frazier's injury isn't expected to impact his status at the team's starting third baseman. Everything is good. Were just taking it slow, Frazier said. Id like to get out there but we got at least a month. I will get the at-bats.
Frazier not 'complacent'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/12/2013) The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is "taking nothing for granted" despite entering the 2013 season with a starting job, which is something he didn't have at the start of the 2012 season. "You cant be complacent," Frazier said. Last year is the past. Its a little different. But its still only my second full year. Ive got to understand that. Ive got to go in with a chip on my shoulder and say: Hey man, lets go win a job. Why not have that mindset? Am I more comfortable? Sure. I know the guys. Ive been around them a lot.