ADAM FRAZIER
SHORTSTOP
Born: December 14, 1991
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 174
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 6th Round, 179th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
College: Mississippi State
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Frazier played shortstop for Mississippi State, but he may profile better as a utility player.  He has no power, failing to hit a homer in three years of college.  He doesn’t have any standout tools, but has excellent instincts.  He may be able to stick at shortstop in the pros due to his average glove and average arm.  He draws his share of walks, doesn’t strike out often and has average speed.  The Pirates saw a lot of Frazier as he was teammates with first round pick Hunter Renfroe, whom they scouted heavily.  He signed late due to the College World Series.

2013
A-:  321/399/362, 224 AB, 7 2B, 1 3B, 25 BB, 31 K, 5-13 SB

Frazier’s first pro season was as advertised:  he did an excellent job of getting on base, made good contact, and didn’t hit for power.  He had no platoon split to speak of.  Frazier shared the middle infield positions with Michael Fransoso, but took the lion’s share of the time at short.  It doesn’t look like he’s going to be a base stealer.

2014
A+:  252/307/309, 492 AB, 21 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 37 BB, 61 K, 14-22 SB

As they generally do with advanced college draftees, the Pirates moved Frazier up to Bradenton for his first full year.  He started at short, pushing Max Moroff to second.  Frazier struggled through the first two months, especially May, when he posted just a .481 OPS.  He bounced back in June, hitting 355/394/430, but he tailed off again after that and finished with weak numbers.  He managed only a .560 OPS against LHPs, but at .641 he wasn’t that much better against RHPs.  He also struggled at time in the field, committing 36 errors.

The Pirates will have a tough decision with Frazier in 2015, as he doesn’t appear ready for Altoona but JaCoby Jones will be moving up from West Virginia and should claim the shortstop position.  They may move Frazier up despite his mediocre season.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

College
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2013 .344 .393 .451 273 17 6 0 22 25 7 4
2012 .371 .482 .445 245 16 1 0 50 24 9 6
2011 .274 .293 .274 95 0 0 0 3 14 4 1
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $240,600
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2016
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2013: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 6th round, 179th overall pick; signed on July 3.