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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Second pick: SS Todd Frazier

The Reds picked Rutgers shortstop Todd Frazier with their second pick (34th overall, compensation for Rich Aurilia).

The local kid Andrew Brackman going to the Yankees 30th may be the most interesting pick of the day. If Brackman's shoulder is OK -- he didn't piitch in the NCAA regionals because if it -- the Yankees may have the steal of the draft.

Frazier was the winning pitcher for Toms River, N.J., in the 1998 Little League World Series championship. Here's what the Rutgers website says about him:

The shortstop painted himself throughout the Rutgers record book in 2007, finishing in the top-6 in every single-season offensive category, excluding triples. He broke the Rutgers single-season record for home runs (22), home runs by a leadoff hitter (22), runs scored (87), walks (62), doubles (24) and total bases (187), all set this season. He also finished second in slugging percentage (.757), second in at bats (247), tied for third in runs batted in (65), fifth in hits (93), and tied for sixth in stolen bases (25).

Frazier has also placed himself on several Rutgers career record charts through just three seasons. He is the Scarlet Knights' all-time leader in home runs (42) and runs scored (210), and is second in walks (138) and total bases (434), and third in hits (241), slugging percentage (.625) and stolen bases (65), and fifth in runs batted in (152).

Frazier, who played with the USA Baseball National Team last summer, was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year at the conclusion of the regular season. He finished the season fourth in the nation in home runs (22), fourth in runs per game (1.38), eighth in walks per game (0.98) and 11th in home run per game (0.35).


at 6:58 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Brackman should have been the Reds' #1 pick. Another pitcher should have been #2. And #3,4,5,6,7,8,9, & 10.

I'm sure Frazier will be a fine player and maybe he's the next Jeter but letting a great talent go for a catcher is a crime!


at 7:24 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

One more thing, 9 pitchers were drafted between the Reds #15 and Brackman by the Yanks at #30. Are you telling me that absolutely none of those pitchers are an equivalent talent to that catcher?

I doubt that very much. The kid who went to Seton Hall Prep, a high school down the street from where I grew up, would have been a fine selection. Odds are very good that 1 or 2 of those 9 starters is going to have an exceptional MLB career--given how sophisticated scouting has become...

All draft choices are inherently speculative but the Reds have the worst pitching in MLB so only a BANNED WORD would draft a C at #1 and a SS at #2.


at 11:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justin, you must be in love with our catching to believe that. I am not sure how good this kid is but I do remember another #1 who was a catcher who worked aout well for the reds. YOu are thinking very narrowly. Expand you scope to see the whole picture

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