Adam Frazier turned in a decent sophomore season after a promising 2016 season between Triple-A and the big-league level. He posted high on-base percentages and batting averages throughout the minors and did the same in his rookie season over 160 plate appearances. Last year, the OBP remained good but the average slipped a bit. Despite the nine steals, he is not an efficient basestealer. He was caught five times last year and that comes on the heels of a 21-for-37 showing between Triple-A and the majors in 2016. In fact, he has been successful just 58 percent of the time over his entire career. Given the breakeven rate for steals is around 70 percent, Frazier seems likely to get a restrictor plate from the front office, and he instantly becomes a replacement-level player with an empty batting average. In short, this is roster filler.
Frazier is likely to see plenty of action in left field while batting leadoff in 2018, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The 26-year-old could move back to second base if the team trades Josh Harrison, but for now it looks like he'll rotate with Sean Rodriguez and Daniel Nava in left field. A career .300 hitter in the minor leagues, the lefty has batted for a higher average against southpaws (.338 in 89 plate appearances) than righties (.265 in 502 PA), a trend which has carried over from the minors. The natural infielder, who saw time at six different positions in 2017, may finally get a chance to settle in at one position (left field). As a result, Frazier could provide fantasy contributions in both batting average and runs scored.
Frazier is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Frazier will head to the bench for the season's final game, being replaced by Chris Bostick at the keystone. The 25-year-old will finish the season with a .277 average and 98 wRC+ in his 120 games played.
Frazier is not in the lineup Thursday against the Nationals. Frazier has gone 5-for-13 (.385) with a pair of extra-base hits over his previous three starts, but he'll get the day off as Chris Bostick takes over for him at the keystone.
Frazier is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Frazier went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Cardinals, but he'll be given the afternoon off with Chris Bostick taking over at the keystone.
Frazier is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers. Frazier will head to the bench for a second straight contest as Sean Rodriguez draws another start at the keystone in his place. Frazier has played a slightly reduced role since returning from the disabled list earlier in the week, something that will likely continue over the final few weeks, given the expanded roster.