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).