Veteran third baseman Todd Frazier entered into the 2016 season in a new home locale (traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago White Sox) and came in off two tremendous offensive seasons with his power bat from 2014-15. As impressive as Frazier’s 30-plus home run bat had developed into, he also supplemented that production with sneaky 10-15-steal speed. Alas Frazier’s 2016 season was a bit of a mixed bag on a number of fronts. The good is that Frazier set a new career-best in home runs with 40 and in RBI with 98. He also kept on running to the tune of 15 stolen bases. The bad was that Frazier’s already shaky batting average took a nosedive to a very ugly .225 as he swung at more pitches than ever before. As evidence of his increasingly hacking approach, Frazier whiffed at a very high 24.5 clip (up more than 4.0 points from 2015). That negative development bears some responsibility for the average dip but Frazier also suffered from the horrific luck that a .236 BABIP brought. In the end when you break it all down, Frazier was actually the same player he was in Cincy but just saddled with more bad luck on the batted ball than ever before. With the power exploding and the steals still part of the picture, don’t over-think this too much in knocking Frazier down your ranking sheets this spring.
2017 PROJECTION: .249 38 HR 95 RBI 86 R 14 SB