Player Journal: Alex Frazier

Alex Frazier is one of the more promising prospects in the Diamondbacks organization. An outfielder with a rare combination of power and speed, he's been making his way up the ladder in the D'Backs system, and during the 2005 season he'll be checking in with every couple of weeks to give you a peek behind the Minor League Curtain.

Hello, FutureBacks readers, Diamondback supporters, and all around baseball fans.  My name is Alex Frazier and I've been asked to issue a journal which will post every two weeks.  My main objective will be to give you the reader an inside look at the life of a minor league ball player.  The ups, downs, ins, and outs.  No, I wont give any inside gossip from the lives of my fellow ball players.  I will talk about our games, progress, stress, and all the other things you can't read about in the normal scouting or team report.  I will occasionally have one of the guys give me a little quote on how things are going for them.

This being the first installment of my journal I think it's only appropriate I tell you a little about myself.  I like long walks on the beach...just kidding!  I'm from a little town in Florida called Dunnellon.  It was there, at the age of five, I developed my love for baseball.  That love has followed me from high school through college, and now three years in the minors.  I played a season in (Rookie Ball) Missoula, one in (Short Season A) Yakima, and I was at (Lo-A) South Bend this past year.  Now here we are in the offseason. 

Why is it called the off season?  September through February is the hardest part of the year.  Numerous hours are spent lifting weights and doing other baseball related training.  Oh yeah, get's all self motivated.  You don't have your team there to push you, so it comes down to how bad do you want it.  I personally like to surround myself with people that have that same burning desire I do.  I train at a baseball school in Clearwater, Florida called The Winning Inning.  MLB veterans like Miguel Cairo and Mike DeFelice train there, as do minor league guys like Bryan Dopirak and Ryan Harvey.  The two guys I do most of my training with are Esix Snead and Marland "Smoke" Williams.  We train about five hours a day, and up until Christmas all that training was done after I finished, my 'day job,' I was a substitute teacher at a local middle school.

Outside of training all my time is spent with a very special little girl.  Aleida is my candle that never burns out.  She is also all the motivation I need during those hard days of training, or those 1 for 20 slumps during the season.  Thank you for taking a little time out of your day to spend with me.  Next time you hear from me it will be close to Spring Training and two weeks closer to the best day of the year, OPENING DAY.

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