|'04 Club||Lo-A South Bend Silverhawks (Midwest League)|
It was a breakthrough season for Alex Frazier in 2004, and one that confirmed what the Diamondbacks had always thought, namely, that they got a steal taking Frazier in the 30th round of the 2001 draft. A three sport athlete at Dunnellon High School in Dunedin, Fla Frazier passed up Division I scholarship opportunities in basketball, football, and baseball instead spending a year at Lurleen B. Wallace State (Ala.) junior college before being taken by the Diamondbacks. After struggling a bit both in rookie league Missoula and Short Season Yakima, Frazier hit nearly 50 points higher in 2004 than he previously had as a pro and more than doubled his home run and RBI production.
Batting and Power: Frazier is big, bigger now than he ever has been before. Prior to the 2003 season the Diamondbacks let Frazier know he needed to add muscle to be successful, and so he hit the weights, taking on 25 pounds in the last two years, and that, along with an eagerness to learn, accounts for his turnaround.
Recently named Yakima Bears Manager Jay Gainer was Frazier's hitting coach in 2003, "He's one of the easier guys to get through to, as soon as I tell him something, he's right on it. And it doesn't take him long to make adjustments." Those adjustments have allowed Frazier, once an after thought in an outfielder rich system, to become something of a hot commodity. Next up will be cutting down on high strikeout totals.
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Base running and Speed: While his hitting numbers took a major leap forward in '04, it was Frazier's speed numbers that really opened eyes. He stole a grand total of two bases in seven attempts his first two season as a pro, in 2004 something clicked and he grabbed 21 bags, getting caught only five times all season.
Defense: Frazier's a left fielder with enough speed to get by in center, but his defense still suffers. He has had trouble reading the ball off the bat and doesn't always take great lines on balls in the gap. Going into the off season the Diamondbacks stressed that defense needed to be a priority, and if his success with the bat is any indication, it seems Frazier's defense might be in for a drastic improvement. His arm is below average, probably ruling out right field.