Frazier is expected to primarily play at second base in 2020 while occasionally shifting to the outfield when the team utilizes a four-man outfield, The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
His offensive production in 2019 was fairly pedestrian, with the 28-year-old slashing .278/.336/.417 with 80 runs scored, 10 homers and two stolen bases in 608 plate appearances. Frazier played with a fractured right index finger for the first part of the season, however, and he still contributed defensively with the 37th highest defensive WAR (4.9) in the majors. He hit leadoff early in the season but moved to seventh following the emergence of Kevin Newman. Frazier is expected to bat higher this season, possibly even third, with former No. 3 hitter Starling Marte dealt to Arizona. The second baseman became the subject of his own trade rumors over the winter, but he'll see steady at-bats while he remains in a Pittsburgh uniform.
Frazier is healthy heading into the 2020 campaign after playing through a pair of undisclosed injuries during the early part of last season, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
The second baseman fractured his right index finger during the first spring training workout a year ago and then slightly sprained his right shoulder in the first regular season game. Still, he played in a team-high 152 contests, slashing .278/.336/.417 with 10 homers and five steals. The 28-year-old also finished with the 37th highest defensive WAR (4.9) among all qualified major leaguers. Frazier is set to serve as the team's everyday starter at second but has drawn considerable interest in trade discussions.
Frazier agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Frazier put up solid numbers at the dish in 2019, slashing .278/.336/.417 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI over 152 games. He figures to be in line for a similar role in 2020.
Frazier is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mariners.
He is hitting .340/.397/.585 with two home runs in 16 games this month. Kevin Newman starts at second base while Cole Tucker gets the start at shortstop.
Frazier will bat fifth and start at second base Saturday against the Cubs.
Due in part to injuries to Starling Marte and Josh Bell, Frazier will hit fifth for the first time in 2019 and third time in his career. He has four hits, including a double and a homer, in 10 career at-bats against starter Kyle Hendricks. Since Aug. 20, the second baseman is slashing .373/.409/.614 in 90 plate appearances.
Frazier isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Giants.
Frazier is in line for a night off after taking the collar in Sunday's series finale against St. Louis (0-for-3). Kevin Newman draws the start at the keystone and will hit leadoff.
Frazier went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Marlins.
He's 15-for-31 with two homers and seven RBI in his last seven games. While Frazier's overall numbers look pedestrian for a starting second baseman -- .280/.338/.423 with nine homers and four steals in 525 plate appearances -- he's been one of the streakier players in baseball. The 27-year-old looks comfortable at the plate right now and plays the next four games at PNC Park, where he features a slash line of .314/.379/.489.
Frazier went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBI in a 5-4 loss against the Marlins on Tuesday.
After a great July, Frazier experienced a little lull at the beginning of August, but he rebounded and has gone 21-for-50 (.420) in the last 13 games. Frazier also has a pair of homers in the last two contests. He is batting .278 with nine home runs, 41 RBI, 69 runs and four steals in 474 at-bats this season.
Frazier went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a run scored in the Pirates' 11-8 win over the Rockies on Thursday.
Frazier joined Kevin Newman as one of two Pirates to log four-hit games on an explosive day for the Pittsburgh offense at Coors Field, and he's now hit safely in eight of his last nine games. The mini-hot streak boosts the 27-year-old's slash line up to .272/.331/.339 on the season over 496 plate appearances.
Frazier went 1-for-4 with a solo shot, his seventh homer of the season, in Thursday's 7-1 loss to the Nationals.
Since boosting his batting average to .287 at the All-Star break, Frazier has slashed .205/.281/.320 with three home runs and no stolen bases in 135 plate appearances. Interestingly, he's gone 5-for-13 with three doubles and a homer in his career against Max Scherzer. Unfortunately, his struggles continue against the rest of the league.
Frazier is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals.
Frazier has struggled since the start of August, slashing .193/.258/.281 with one home run in 16 games. As such, he'll take a seat against lefty Patrick Corbin, as Kevin Newman shifts to second base and Erik Gonzalez picks up a start at shortstop.
Frazier went 0-for-4 with one strikeout against the Nationals on Monday.
The Pirates continue to place Frazier primarily in the leadoff role even though he's slashing .169/.260/.246 in his last 73 plate appearances. Aside from a three-week hot stretch in July, Frazier has flopped in his first season as an everyday second baseman. It wouldn't be surprising to see him moved back into a utility role in 2020.
Frazier is not in Saturday's lineup against the Cubs.
He will sit with southpaw Jon Lester on the hill for Chicago. Erik Gonzalez will start at shortstop with Kevin Newman shifting over to second base.
Frazier went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Angels.
Frazier scored the Pirates' first run of the game in the third inning and drove home Pablo Reyes with a double in the seventh. The three-hit game was his seventh of the season and first since July 7. With the productive performance, the 27-year-old upped his slash line to .270/.330/.392.
Frazier will head to the bench for Monday's game against the Angels.
Frazier is in line for a night off with a lefty in Jose Suarez slated to take the mound for the opposition. Kevin Newman draws the start at the keystone and will lead off with Frazier out of the equation.
Frazier went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.
The 27-year-old went deep to lead off the game, but that's the only real offense the Pirates had all night, as they lost their seventh straight. The home run broke an 0-for-15 streak over Frazier's last games. Overall, he's batting .264 with six home runs, 29 RBI, 56 runs and three steals in 398 at-bats this season.
Frazier is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.
Frazier will take a seat on the bench for Wednesday's series finale with left-hander Drew Pomeranz tabbed to start what will be a bullpen game for the Brewers. Pablo Reyes will start at the keystone in place of Frazier, who is just 4-for-35 (.114) over his last 10 appearances.
Frazier is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mets.
Kevin Newman will slide over to second base as Jung Ho Kang gets the start at shortstop and will bat seventh against left-hander Steven Matz. Frazier is slashing .273/.326/.398 against left-handed pitching this season. The second baseman is 6-for-17 with a home run, four runs scored, two RBI and four walks over his last five starts.
Frazier went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 6-3 loss against the Mets on Friday.
His strong July continues, as Frazier is batting .387 this month. Unfortunately, it hasn't led to a whole lot of other production -- two home runs, nine RBI, 15 runs in 20 games. Overall, Frazier is hitting .282 with five homers, 28 RBI, 53 runs and three steals in 355 at-bats this season.
Frazier went 0-for-2 with three walks and an HBP against the Cardinals on Monday.
Frazier earned Player of the Week honors prior to the All-Star break but has slumped with just five hits in his last 30 at-bats. The three walks may signal better things to come -- he'd gone 42 plate appearances without drawing a walk prior to Monday. Frazier has now batted leadoff in six of his seven starts since the Midsummer Classic. His 49 runs scored rank third on the team.
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