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 says the finger on his left hand that he sprained last month is no longer an issue, and he's been hitting every day, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. Watch to see how he hits and whether an issue pops up again, but this should alleviate any immediate concern over the third baseman. His flawed yet helpful fantasy skill set keeps him firmly among the top 10 third basemen.
Frazier recently underwent an MRI on a finger on his left hand and will undergo a follow-up MRI on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Apparently, the finger issue popped up during the final days of the 2016 campaign and he aggravated the injury when he resumed offseason workouts. He is currently wearing a splint on the finger. The White Sox expect Frazier to resume hitting by mid-February and be a full-go by the time camp officially starts, but this will be something to monitor in the months ahead. Frazier reached 40 homers last season but his average fell to a career-low .225 (.236 BABIP).
Frazier agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The soon-to-be 31-year-old smacked 40 homers and turned in strong totals in the other counting categories, but a .225 average significantly dinged Frazier's value. A .236 BABIP played a part in that figure, but Frazier also posted the highest strikeout rate of his career. He's entering his final season before free agency.
Frazier reached the 40-homer mark for the first time Wednesday, hitting a solo shot that accounted for all the scoring in a 1-0 win over Tampa Bay. Not only that, but the guy's got a 12-game hitting streak going in which he's hitting .391, finally pulling up a batting average that'd been struggling all year long, He's still hitting just .228, but that's the only place in Frazier's fantasy line where there's room for complaint.
Frazier went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in the White Sox's loss to the Royals on Saturday. The steal was Frazier's 12th of the season, which tied him with Adam Eaton for the team lead. While his team ranking is a surprise, the total should not be; he stole 20 and 13 bags in the past two seasosns.