Adam Frazier
Adam Frazier
28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Pittsburgh Pirates
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Aside from garnering more playing time, Frazier's 2019 season was a near carbon copy of his 2017 campaign. Oddly, 2018's slugging bested them both, despite the increased offensive environment in the bookend years. Frazier's 97 wRC+ rates him a tick below average and his five stolen bases don't change that. That said, the batting average stability Frazier offers (.278, .277, .276 the past three seasons) can aid a fantasy roster stocked with homers and steals, but a bit deficient in the BA department. Frazier's calling card is an 85% career contact rate. His average exit velocity is 13th percentile, but a low 30% flyball rate and above-average speed help maintain a BABIP a tick above league norm. Better served as a reserve swinging between second and corner outfield, Frazier is ticketed to see regular keystone at-bats. He's mixed viable with the proper roster composition but is best suited for NL-only. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with Pittsburgh in January of 2020.
Played through injury in 2019
2BPittsburgh Pirates
February 17, 2020
Frazier is healthy heading into the 2020 campaign after playing through a pair of undisclosed injuries during the early part of last season, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
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The second baseman fractured his right index finger during the first spring training workout a year ago and then slightly sprained his right shoulder in the first regular season game. Still, he played in a team-high 152 contests, slashing .278/.336/.417 with 10 homers and five steals. The 28-year-old also finished with the 37th highest defensive WAR (4.9) among all qualified major leaguers. Frazier is set to serve as the team's everyday starter at second but has drawn considerable interest in trade discussions.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
66
3
5
3
2
14
13
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
12
3
1
1
2
6
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+46%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .651 289 27 2 26 2 .259 .305 .346
Since 2017vs Right .790 1125 160 24 112 13 .282 .349 .441
2019vs Left .671 156 14 1 11 0 .259 .307 .364
2019vs Right .781 452 66 9 39 5 .285 .346 .436
2018vs Left .586 70 10 1 5 0 .224 .257 .328
2018vs Right .853 282 42 9 30 1 .291 .363 .490
2017vs Left .676 63 3 0 10 2 .304 .355 .321
2017vs Right .754 391 52 6 43 7 .271 .343 .411
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+50%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .837 688 100 13 73 11 .307 .373 .464
Since 2017Away .690 726 87 13 65 4 .249 .309 .381
2019Home .838 303 44 5 27 5 .301 .371 .467
2019Away .670 305 36 5 23 0 .255 .301 .369
2018Home .979 158 28 6 22 0 .336 .408 .571
2018Away .654 194 24 4 13 1 .230 .289 .365
2017Home .739 227 28 2 24 6 .295 .352 .386
2017Away .748 227 27 4 29 3 .256 .336 .412
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Stat Review
How does Adam Frazier compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.53
 
BB Rate
6.6%
 
K Rate
12.3%
 
BABIP
.306
 
ISO
.139
 
AVG
.278
 
OBP
.336
 
SLG
.417
 
OPS
.753
 
wOBA
.330
 
Exit Velocity
87.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.8%
 
Barrels/PA
1.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
2017
2016
Frazier showed two abilities in the minor leagues: strong bat-to-ball skills and a willingness to steal bases. The latter was on display in 2017, but disappeared in 2018 despite nearly identical on-base percentages and batting averages. The disappointment in steals was offset by a gain in his power, as he had the first double-digit homer season of his professional career. He doubled his home-run-to-flyball ratio despite little change in his average exit velocity or launch angle. Statcast data shows that his 2018 numbers overachieved based on the quality of his contact, so a repeat of the double-digit homer total seems unlikely. Perhaps fewer home runs will lead him to attempt more steals in 2019, but this is otherwise a compiler skill set -- a player who gives you some contributions across the board but not enough in any one category to push the needle. There's some additional value in his positional flexibility.
Frazier turned in a decent sophomore season after a promising 2016 season between Triple-A and the big-league level. He posted high on-base percentages and batting averages throughout the minors and did the same in his rookie season over 160 plate appearances. Last year, the OBP remained good but the average slipped a bit. Despite the nine steals, he is not an efficient basestealer. He was caught five times last year and that comes on the heels of a 21-for-37 showing between Triple-A and the majors in 2016. In fact, he has been successful just 58 percent of the time over his entire career. Given the breakeven rate for steals is around 70 percent, Frazier seems likely to get a restrictor plate from the front office, and he instantly becomes a replacement-level player with an empty batting average. In short, this is roster filler.
The Pirates are grooming Frazier for a super utility role in 2017. The 25-year-old saw time at second base, shortstop and in the outfield last season, though he only qualifies in the outfield in leagues requiring a 20-game minimum. While he's not particularly strong defensively, he's shown an ability to hit for average wherever he's played. Frazier batted .333 for Triple-A Indianapolis in 2016 and holds a career .300/.363/.378 line in the minors. His triple-slash with Pittsburgh was almost a mirror image. Fantasy owners won't find power -- he's hit a combined five homers in four pro seasons -- or speed -- he's never stolen more than 17 bases -- but Frazier's a strong bet to hit for a high batting average.
If one focuses on what Frazier cannot do, his below average power and fringe average speed will quickly become apparent. Admittedly, those are two pretty big aspects of a hitting prospect’s fantasy value. However, for dynasty league owners who play in deeper leagues, or prefer a general glass-half-full mentality, there are three things he can do quite well that should garner attention. First, he played primarily shortstop (58 games) and center field (29 games) last year at Double-A Altoona — two of the most valuable defensive positions in baseball. This speaks to his athleticism. Second, he has a plus hit tool, although this skill typically only manifests itself in singles and doubles, as just 10 of his 318 career hits have been triples or home runs. Lastly, he posted a 42:34 K:BB in 423 plate appearances last year, demonstrating one of the best such rates in Double-A. Shortstops with Frazier’s hitting ability and advanced approach are quite rare, but his lack of a high ceiling also cannot be debated.
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2BPittsburgh Pirates
January 10, 2020
Frazier agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Out of Thursday's lineup
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 19, 2019
Frazier is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mariners.
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Moves to middle of order Saturday
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 14, 2019
Frazier will bat fifth and start at second base Saturday against the Cubs.
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Sitting Monday
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 9, 2019
Frazier isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Giants.
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Hitting streak reaches seven games
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 5, 2019
Frazier went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Marlins.
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