Adam Frazier
Adam Frazier
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Pittsburgh Pirates
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
Returns to action Monday
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April 23, 2019
Frazier batted leadoff and went 1-for-5 against Arizona on Monday.
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The second baseman started for the first time since Wednesday. He stranded five baserunners at the plate, showing a bit of rust. Frazier has two hits (including a double) in five career at-bats against Tuesday's starter, Luke Weaver.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+46%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .645 157 13 1 16 2 .266 .316 .329
Since 2017vs Right .789 731 104 16 75 10 .277 .349 .440
2019vs Left .741 24 0 0 1 0 .300 .391 .350
2019vs Right .712 58 10 1 2 2 .250 .328 .385
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
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+60%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+50%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .843 420 60 9 49 8 .312 .377 .466
Since 2017Away .691 468 57 8 42 4 .242 .313 .378
2019Home .916 35 4 1 3 2 .323 .400 .516
2019Away .573 47 6 0 0 0 .220 .304 .268
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.
BB/K
0.67
 
BB Rate
9.8%
 
K Rate
14.6%
 
BABIP
.305
 
ISO
.111
 
AVG
.264
 
OBP
.346
 
SLG
.375
 
OPS
.721
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
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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Returns to lineup
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April 22, 2019
Frazier (back) is leading off and playing second base Monday against Arizona.
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Serves as pinch hitter Sunday
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April 21, 2019
Frazier (back) popped out to right field as a pinch hitter Sunday against San Francisco.
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Still out Sunday
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April 21, 2019
Frazier (back) is out of the lineup for the third straight game Sunday against San Francisco.
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Sits again Saturday
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April 20, 2019
Frazier (back) remains out of the lineup Saturday against San Francisco.
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Sits Friday due to injury
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April 20, 2019
Frazier missed Friday's game due to back spasms, 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh reports.
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