Todd Frazier
Todd Frazier
34-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Texas Rangers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Frazier hit for his highest batting average in four seasons in 2019, but his time back home in the NYC metro area was otherwise a step back from what fantasy owners enjoyed when he was in the Midwest. This was an expected outcome all along as Citi Field isn't the same kind of run environment like Frazier played in with Cincy and on the south side of Chicago. Frazier no longer runs on the bases as he did back then, but remains an effective run producer down in the lineup with better-than-average defense. He signed with Texas in January, and while the Rangers are moving into a domed stadium, it should still be a more favorable run environment than he was in in 2019 and the park upgrade could lead to a resurgence in his home-run and RBI totals. The Statcast numbers do not point to any hidden value here, but he's better than their other first-base options and should play regularly. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Rangers in January of 2020.
Taking grounders at 1B
3BTexas Rangers
March 11, 2020
The Rangers are having Frazier take groundballs at first base, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
That the Rangers are considering Frazier to play first base indicates two things. The battle between Ronald Guzman (6-for-30, 10 strikeouts) and Greg Bird (3-for-29, nine) at first base is close but far from heated. And Isiah Kiner-Falefa's productive spring (.389, four home runs, 11 RBI, 14 runs) has manager Chris Woodward considering him for an everyday job at third base. Frazier previously expressed a willingness to play first base, if needed.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
3
27
16
30
5
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
8
4
16
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+41%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .783 410 53 23 59 5 .224 .324 .459
Since 2017vs Right .735 1137 138 43 143 9 .226 .327 .408
2019vs Left .913 142 17 8 21 0 .294 .373 .540
2019vs Right .716 357 46 13 46 1 .234 .311 .405
2018vs Left .534 129 9 3 8 4 .162 .264 .270
2018vs Right .752 343 45 15 51 5 .232 .318 .434
2017vs Left .883 139 27 12 30 1 .207 .331 .552
2017vs Right .736 437 47 15 46 3 .215 .348 .388
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+53%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .687 760 81 29 97 7 .209 .311 .376
Since 2017Away .807 787 110 37 105 7 .241 .342 .465
2019Home .753 262 32 10 36 1 .255 .332 .421
2019Away .792 237 31 11 31 0 .245 .325 .467
2018Home .700 210 20 10 29 3 .208 .295 .404
2018Away .687 262 34 8 30 6 .218 .309 .378
2017Home .611 288 29 9 32 3 .165 .302 .309
2017Away .932 288 45 18 44 1 .261 .385 .546
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Stat Review
How does Todd 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
0.38
 
BB Rate
8.0%
 
K Rate
21.2%
 
BABIP
.284
 
ISO
.192
 
AVG
.251
 
OBP
.329
 
SLG
.443
 
OPS
.772
 
wOBA
.340
 
Exit Velocity
88.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.4%
 
Barrels/PA
4.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For the second straight season, Frazier hit just .213. Making matters worse, he hit only 18 homers, his lowest total since 2013. Frazier's HR/FB and flyball rates have declined two years in a row, fueling the drop. Durability is also an issue as he's about to embark on his age-33 campaign. Last season Frazier logged his fewest number of plate appearances since 2012, his first full year. A hamstring issue cost Frazier about a month in the first half while he lost another three-plus weeks in July with a left ribcage strain. The Mets appear to be in "go-for-it" mode and thus can't afford to keep Frazier's bat in the lineup if he's not hitting homers. His Statcast data is mixed as his exit velocity is picking up but his launch angle is lessening. He'll enter the season getting semi-regular playing time at first base, but will likely move to a full-on utility role once Peter Alonso gets the call in mid-to-late-April. Frazier is at best reserve fodder in mixed.
While a .225 average is never a desired commodity, it can be palatable if it carries along a boatload of homers, double-digit steals and the associated run production. That describes Frazier’s 2016 campaign. Unfortunately, in 2017, his average slipped to .213, homers fell from 40 to 27 and he only nabbed four bags compared to 15 the previous season. Even a move to the Bronx didn’t help. as the 31-year-old righty hit just .222 with 11 homers over 66 games in pinstripes, losing playing time to Chase Headley down the stretch. Frazier’s contact rate improved a little over 2016, but his .226 BABIP torpedoed his average. On paper, a BABIP rebound is possible as his line drive and hard hit rates portend better results. However, last season’s mark was following the previous year’s .236, so expecting a significant improvement is risky. Frazier’s price will be seriously depressed, making him a target for rosters with a heavy batting average buffer or for formats which deemphasize average.
Last season was a mixed bag of results for Frazier. On the good side of the ledger; he set career highs in home runs, walk rate, runs scored and RBI. On the bad side of the ledger; a career-worst batting average and strikeout rate. Those two normally go hand in hand, but throw in a career-high flyball rate and the poor guy never had much of a chance to hit for a good average. He pulled a lot of flyballs on his way to 40 home runs, with a high HR/FB ratio helping -- he only hit 21 doubles, making his 2015 total of 43 doubles look like an outlier. The steals from the third baseman help offset the damage from his batting average, and if he manages to make more consistent contact and hit near the league average, Frazier could return to among the fantasy elite.
Frazier's trade to the White Sox in December cements the notion that the Reds are in for the long-term overhaul, rather than attempting a two-year fix. While last year's trade deadline was probably the time to get the most for him — Frazier hit just 10 homers after the break and had an OPS below .700 — they still might have sold at his peak. The good news for Frazier is that in Chicago he landed in a pretty good place to hit, though he's unlikely to fully replicate the home cooking he had in Cincinnati. Over the last three years, Frazier has 51 homers in Great American Ballpark and just 32 on the road.
One of the shames of the 2014 season for the Reds is that they wasted the breakout seasons of Frazier and Devin Mesoraco. But was this season Frazier's peak, or one of a few more that we can expect in the future? Many of the underlying metrics suggest that this is his level -- his strikeout and walk rates have been remarkably stable the last three years, and his ISO was actually higher in 2012 when he first established himself as a regular player. The only stat that appears to be an outlier was his 20 stolen bases -- even in the minors he had never run that often. Assuming that Joey Votto is healthier this year, the Reds will finally leave Frazier at third base rather than move him all over the diamond, but you'll have the capability of slotting him at first if you'd like, which may be more of an advantage than in previous years, considering the state of the first base pool.
Some regression was expected in Frazier's stat line in his second full season in the big leagues, but instead the pendulum fully swung from lucky to unlucky, as his BABIP dropped from .320 down to .271. But bad luck can't fully explain Frazier's drop-off, as he continued to have a poor contact rate (76%) and his ISO dropped from .225 down to .173. To contend in 2014, the Reds need more from their right-handed hitters, and Frazier in particular. He may never exceed his 2012 rate stats, but he needs to approach them to be viable beyond this season.
Frazier rode the extended playing time provided by injuries to Scott Rolen and Joey Votto to a second place finish in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, though a September fade (.181/.241/.264 in 72 at-bats) might have cost him the award. With Rolen likely to retire, Frazier is finally slated to have one position all to himself at third base. With a .320 BABIP and 76 percent contact rate last year, Frazier's .273 batting average is a likely candidate to decline in 2013, but that change could be counter-balanced, at least in terms of his fantasy value, by the increased playing time and the rise in counting stats that comes along with that. Frazier will be 27 in 2013, so this is pretty close to as good as it gets for him.
While repeating Triple-A in 2011, Frazier made enough gains to at least give some hope that he could be a major league bench player, if not a regular. As with teammate Juan Francisco, Frazier has some power potential with a less-than-optimal batting eye. He's never going to be a plus defender, though it appears as if he might be able to hold his own at third base. What might end up happening is that he'll platoon with Francisco at third base while occasionally filling in elsewhere. That scenario might not kick in until the second half of 2012 if not the start of 2013, with Scott Rolen under contract for another season.
Frazier took a step back last year at Triple-A Louisville, nearly doubling his strikeout rate while dropping in batting average by 40-plus points. He regressed enough to the point that the Reds didn't make him one of their September callups, instead choosing to keep him off the 40-man roster. Frazier's other problem is that he's without a position, having washed out at shortstop and second already. He split time between left field, third base and first base with Louisville last season, and probably projects best as an outfielder, where his value is limited. A return engagement in Louisville seems in the cards for Frazier.
Though Frazier is considered by many to be the Reds' top prospect, his long-term value is muted by a lack of positional value. Once drafted as a shortstop, Frazier has played third, left field and some second base. They worked with him on the latter position this offseason, only to state that he'll open 2010 as Triple-A Louisville's left fielder. As a middle infielder, he would be a plus-bat, but as a corner outfielder he's only average.
A first-round supplemental pick in 2007, Frazier has hit at every professional level, including the Hawaii Winter League (.295/.375/.547) in 2008. The bigger issue for Frazier is what position he'll end up playing - most scouts and analysts suggest that he won't be able to stick at shortstop - third base or a corner outfield spot is more likely.
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Finds home in Texas
3BTexas Rangers
January 12, 2020
Frazier agreed Sunday to a deal with the Rangers, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Not in Tuesday's lineup
3BNew York Mets
September 24, 2019
Frazier is not starting Tuesday against the Marlins.
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Hits another homer
3BNew York Mets
September 12, 2019
Frazier went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two runs and a walk during an 11-1 victory against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
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Smacks two homers
3BNew York Mets
September 11, 2019
Frazier went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
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Sitting out Sunday
3BNew York Mets
September 8, 2019
Frazier is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies.
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