Position: Outfielder Height: 6-3 Weight: 195
Born: 8/10/1982 Bats: Right Throws: Right
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. A promotion to West Michigan in 2006 challenged Jeff with his first taste of full-season ball. Jeff started off slow, but through the season's final 87 games, he posted a .313/.371/.504 line to help push the Whitecaps towards the playoffs.
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 has average speed and good instincts and puts them towards an overall average defensive rating. 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 heading into the 2007 draft. An overall solid package, Frazier profiles as a fourth outfielder with some pop, although he has the potential to develop into an average left-fielder.
Performance Level Team AB AVG 2B HR RBI SO BB OBP% SLG% A
An errant fastball cost Frazier a good portion of his rookie campaign after breaking a bone in his forearm. Jeff showed no lingering effects from the injury during the 2005 season, and it should be on no concern moving forward.
Frazier will jump to the slightly more friendly confines of Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland for the 2006 season. Look for Frazier to take the next step in his development, avoiding the early season slump that plagued him in 2005. If that is the case, Frazier has a good chance to see Erie at some point this season. The only significant outfield prospect ahead of him in the organizational ladder is Brent Clevlen, and they could be teaming up with each other on the corners before the end of the season. Frazier is likely two full seasons away from seeing any time in Detroit, and he must develop more power to be a significant contributor at the Major League level.
Mark Anderson covers the Tigers' minor league system and all of minor league baseball for TigsTown.com. He can be reached at Mark@TigsTown.com.