Frazier Shines in Win

Todd Frazier experienced a disappointing assignment to AAA when he was removed from the Reds opening day roster the day before the season started. He got an opportunity to see some action in the big leagues when Miguel Cairo went on the DL. He's hit well since arriving and is making a case to extend his stay.

The Reds started out their road trip by winning the rubber game of a three game set at Pittsburgh yesterday 5-0. Mat Latos overcame a shaky first inning to leave bases loaded before finishing six innings of two-hit, shutout ball and striking out a career high eleven. The trade return for some top Reds prospects is now 2-2 on the season. The bullpen finished off the game with three scoreless innings and Aroldis Chapman ran his streak of scoreless appearances to start the season to eleven.

Prospect Todd Frazier is making a case to extend his stay with the parent team. The utilityman filled in for Scott Rolen at third for the getaway day game. He made his presence known in the first inning by making a diving catch on a hot shot down the line while the bases were loaded to prevent the Pirates from taking the lead. In the top half of the next inning he hit a solo home run to increase the Reds lead to 2-0. He also added a double in the sixth. Drew Stubbs was the other offensive star for the Reds on the day going 3-4 with a walk and his third home run while scoring three runs.

Frazier's current spot on the roster is an important one as veteran Rolen tries to bring his offensive production up closer to his normal level. The Reds will soon face a decision on their reserves when Miguel Cairo returns from the DL. Frazier has already experienced a disappointing assignment to Louisville this season when he was a late removal from the opening day roster after leading the team with five home runs in spring training.

He started the season out slowly with Louisville before getting his chance to replace Cairo. He's done well making a case for himself to stick with the Reds by going 7-18 with two triples and a homer. After offseason deals removed some of the other top Cincinnati prospects Frazier figures to be the only hitter ready to contribute should the Reds look to the farm for help. Veteran shortstop Paul Janish started out the season hitting .315 before he suffered a broken wrist when hit by a pitch last week. None of the other regulars on the AAA roster are hitting above .256 except for a couple of veteran catchers.

Professional baseball can be highly competitive for 26 year-old minor leaguers looking to make an impact in the big leagues. Right now the best thing Frazier can do to help his cause is to hit well when he does see some action. Thus far he's done just that. He's also been trained in the minors to play multiple infield positions and left field. With the need for seven relievers limiting the number of reserve hitters on a 25 man roster, his versatility will be another asset. Regardless what happens after Cairo returns Reds fans should expect to see more from Frazier in 2012.

News from the Farm:

Louisville dropped their third straight and suffered a two game sweep at Indianapolis to finish off a 3-9 road trip. Brett Tomko turned in a quality start and did not figure into the decision. Josh Judy gave up two runs and was charged with his second loss. Chris Valaika and Neftali Soto had a couple of hits each for the Bats who lost by a final score of 4-2.

Pensacola lost a ninth inning lead before winning their game against Mississippi by a score of 4-3. Henry Rodriguez continued swinging a hot bat and went 4-5 with a walk. Didi Gregorius and Josh Fellhauer added three hits each. Cody Puckett scored the first run of the game on his fourth home run in the second inning. Tim Gustafson had a quality start with six strikeouts in six innings. Normally reliable Donnie Joseph blew a save and allowed his first run of the season. Wirfin Obispo picked up his first win by throwing two scoreless extra innings and he hasn't allowed a run in any of his six 2012 appearances.

Bakersfield fell behind 8-1 to Modesto before Donad Lutz hit his ninth home run of the season to make the final score 8-4. Lutz and Bryson Smith had two hits each for the Blaze while reserve Josef Terry added three. Josh Smith suffered his fourth loss of the season despite turning in a quality start with six strikeouts over six innings.

Billy Hamilton Theft Watch:

Hamilton missed his third consecutive game since taking leave to attend a funeral.

Fort Wayne clobbered Dayton 11-1 at Fifth Third Field for the Dragons' seventh consecutive loss. Starter Stalin Gerson lost his third game of the season. Ryan Wright had three hits in the losing effort and raised his average over .300.


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