Last season was a mixed bag of results for Todd Frazier. On the good side of the ledger; he set career highs in home runs, walk rate, runs scored and RBI. On the bad side of the ledger; a career-worst batting average and strikeout rate. Those two normally go hand in hand, but throw in a career-high flyball rate and the poor guy never had much of a chance to hit for a good average. He pulled a lot of flyballs on his way to 40 home runs, with a high HR/FB ratio helping -- he only hit 21 doubles, making his 2015 total of 43 doubles look like an outlier. The steals from the third baseman help offset the damage from his batting average, and if he manages to make more consistent contact and hit near the league average, Frazier could return to among the fantasy elite.
Frazier went 1-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Monday's 12-1 rout of the Royals. No player has had a worse start to 2017 than Frazier. His double Monday raised his average to a paltry .119. The slugger who belted a career-high 40 dingers in 2016 has just one so far this year and three RBI in 46 plate appearances. A nasty bout with the flu recently caused him to lose weight and strength, so it'll likely take him some time to bounce back and get his bearings. Frazier is a liability in average due to his low walk rates and high strikeout numbers, but the power should come around eventually. He's a buy-low candidate while he continues to struggle.
Frazier went 0-for-3 in Friday's 3-0 loss to Cleveland. The third baseman had missed four straight games and six of the previous eight games while battling the flu. Frazier, whose season average dropped to .100 following Friday's game, started to put together some good at-bats after a slow start when he was felled by the flu. Now, after a stretch where he lost weight and didn't get to work on his swing, it could take a few games for Frazier to get back to normal.
Frazier (illness) is batting cleanup and playing third base Friday against the Indians. "The Toddfather" missed the past four games with flu-like symptoms, but after Thursday's day off, he seems to be good enough to resume his regular spot in Chicago's batting order. Frazier should inhabit the hot corner nearly every day moving forward now that he's back to 100 percent, moving Matt Davidson back into a part-time role.
Frazier (illness) is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Yankees. This will be his fourth straight missed game due to the flu, and while he was available off the bench, he never made it into Tuesday's game. Yolmer Sanchez is starting at third base and hitting seventh in his place. Ideally, he will be ready to return to the lineup Friday against the Indians after Thursday's off-day.
Frazier (illness) will be available off the bench Tuesday against the Yankees, Daryl Von Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Frazier is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game with an illness, but he's apparently feeling well enough to hit if needed. This is promising news, and it seems likely that he'll be able to return to the lineup Wednesday.
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