It has been awhile since we brought you a 2013 fantasy baseball draft sleeper and so today we bring you Cincinnati Reds 1B/3B Todd Frazier who certainly fits that bill for this season. As always, a draft sleeper is someone who is primed to outperform their projected draft slot and maybe by a significant margin. Frazier is set up to do just that for a number of reason which we will get to.
First let's go back and take a deeper look at Frazier's very impressive 2012 with the team. With 1B Joey Votto missing a large chunk of the year with a knee problem, the responsibility fell to Frazier to pick up the offensive slack which he more than accomplished. Altogether Frazier batted .273 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI in only 422 at-bats. He played both first base and third base which are the positions he carries with him into the 2013 campaign and as always additional versatility is nothing to ever sneeze at when it comes to the game of fantasy baseball. Looking under the hood of Frazier's stats, he hit against both lefties (.298) and righties (.262) and the advanced stats checked out as well since his BABIP number was in neutral territory. What is really attractive about Frazer too is that he will be turning 27 in 2013 which as we all know is where players being to reach their prime power years. In addition, Frazier's fly ball rate has consistently gotten better from his minor league days to his debut with the Reds which means more pop is on the way. With full-time at-bats on the docket, Frazier could hit the 30 home runs mark with a decent average and some steals thrown in as well for the price of a late round draft pick. Frazier not playing more than his 422 at-bats actually is a big help for your as a potential owner as it keeps his draft cost at a very low rate and the value he could supply this season is shaping up to be significant.
All in all, Todd Frazier is the perfect kind of player you use a late round draft pick for. Remember we always advise you never to draft old boring veterans at this stage due to the fact they offer little to nothing when it comes to ceiling and thus a profit can't be made. Frazier on the hand is a stock that is headed north and he is almost a lock to outproduce his draft spot and possibly by a a large margin. Save a spot for the slugger.
2013 PROJECTION: .278 27 HR 88 RBI 77 R 5 SB