TigsTown Q&A: Lakeland OF Jeff Frazier

In the 2004 amateur draft the Detroit Tigers selected outfielder Jeffrey Frazier, from Rutgers University, in the third round. This season Frazier is batting third for the Class A Advanced Lakeland Tigers. He is has a .253 batting average and leads the team with 6 home runs and 31 RBI. Frazier was recently named TigsTown's Lakeland Player of the Month and the Tigers Minor League Player of the Month for April.

TigsTown: What was it like to be drafted?

Jeff Frazier: Draft day was exciting, it was a thrill when they finally called my name. I saw that I had good opportunity with the Tigers and was very happy to be a part of the organization.

TT: How was your first game?

JF: My first game was in New York, we were playing Staton Island, which is only 40 minutes from my house so my family got to see me play. I ended up getting a hit, my first at bat I got a single.

TT: Tell me about the injury.

JF: 19 games into that season I ended up breaking my left hand. I was batting over .300 and doing well. I realized in those 19 games that pro ball was something I really wanted to do.

TT: Last year at West Michigan you got off to a slow start, any reasons?

JF: I think that I expected everything to happen instead of making it happen. I thought that I could just show up but it didn't work out that way.

TT: In the second half you turned it up, what were the changes?

JF: Well, me and my coach decided that I should get more aggressive at the plate and things took off and I ended up having a good year.

TT: Any specific changes or just more aggressive?

JF: I brought my hands down a little and I am getting my foot down a lot earlier which helps with the speed of the pitchers.

TT: This year you're off to a great start, any offseason secrets?

JF: For the first time I got a personal trainer and he made me work. It was the first time I busted my butt in the weightroom and with the running. It helped me out a lot and I have continued to workout here 2 to 3 times a week with our strength coach. I feel much stronger then I ever have.

TT: A midseason promotion to Erie might happen, what are your thoughts?

JF: I haven't heard anything, I am gonna just keep doing what I have to do, keep playing the way I know how to play and that stuff will happen. Things will take care of themselves if I keep having a solid year.

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