Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Note that the Arizona League game was suspended in the fourth inning due to lightning.
Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County): 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
During Frazier’s struggles in the early part of the season, the similar issues Francisco Lindor went through during his time in Lake County in 2012 were brought up; that first full professional season can be a rough one for players and some immediate struggles are common. The problem right now with bringing up Lindor’s 2012 season in comparison with Frazier’s is now they look nothing alike:
Frazier (First half): .248/.329/.369 line, .699 OPS, .349 BABIP, 74:27 SO:BB in 55 games
Frazier (Second half): .322/.395/.557 line, .952 OPS, .400 BABIP, 33:12 SO:BB in 29 games
Lindor (First half): .285/.369/.410 line, .778 OPS, .330 BABIP, 42:26 SO:BB in 60 games
Lindor (Second half): .228/.335/.299 line, .633 OPS, .260 BABIP, 36:35 SO:BB in 62 games
Lindor’s approach at the plate improved even as his results tanked, with the downturn in results either a result of the shortstop wearing down late in the season or a fluky BABIP (or more likely, a little of both). Frazier, on the other hand, is surging in the second half on the strength of a high (unsustainable) BABIP and his (much more sustainable) impressive power. The 19-year-old is far from having Lindor’s incredible plate discipline, but while he has some work to do on that front, he seems to have a leg up on Lindor when it comes to performing in their first full professional season in Lake County. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, July 24, 2014