Prospect Profile: Jeff Frazier

Jeff Frazier got off to a great start in his pro career, before an injury derailed his debut. Check inside to see how the injury will effect Frazier's future, and how soon he could be in Detroit.

Jeff Frazier
Position: Outfielder Height: 6-3 Weight: 195
Born: 8/10/82 Bats: Right Throws: Right

Background
Frazier was the Tigers 3rd round choice in the 2004 draft, marking the third time in three years Detroit selected a polished collegiate player in the 3rd round (Granderson – 2002 and Giarratano – 2003). After capping a very impressive college career with a .382/.457/.657 line during his senior campaign, Frazier took his act to Oneonta of the New York-Penn League, where he promptly started driving the ball all over the yard. Through 20 games, Jeff had posted a .304/.387/.430 line, in a league dominated by pitching. Frazier was just establishing himself as a player to watch in the Tigers system, when an inside pitch broke a bone in his arm, cutting his professional debut short.

Scouting Report
Frazier has a long, lean body that appears all arms and legs. A lanky, well conditioned athlete, Frazier has exceptional coordination and surprising strength. Jeff uses a short, compact swing to spray line drives to all fields, with occasional homerun power. With added strength, and improved technique, Frazier could add loft, subsequently driving the ball out of the park with more regularity. Jeff uses average speed and good instincts to demonstrate above average defensive ability in the outfield. Along with his solid defensive skills, Frazier has a strong, accurate arm that could get better with added strength. Jeff's older brother Charles is a prospect in the Florida system, and his younger brother, Todd, is expected to follow the same path. An overall solid package, Frazier profiles similarly with Curtis Granderson, as a player with good tools, but no exceptional tool.

Performance

Year

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

SLG%

OPS

2004

Oneonta

79

.304

5

1

13

11

9

.430

.817


Health Record
An errant fastball cost Frazier a good portion of his rookie campaign after breaking a bone in his forearm. The break healed well and Jeff participated in the Fall Instructional League without incident. The injury should not be a concern moving forward.

The Future
Without the injury, Frazier likely would have followed the path set by Granderson, jumping to Lakeland in his second season. However, with only 79 professional at-bats, it is likely the Tigers will opt to send Jeff to West Michigan to gain experience before moving to the Florida State League. Frazier is a polished player who simply needs to add strength to reach his potential. He could move quickly if given the opportunity, and many expect him to develop at a pace similar to Granderson. Both players possess similar skill sets, and with any luck, they could be playing alongside each other in Comerica Park in a couple of years.


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