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    Who IS This Guy?

    Clint Frazier is a high school center fielder from Georgia. He is widely considered to have the best bat speed in the entire draft, which enables him to have very good raw power. His 5-foot-11 frame has a muscular build at 190 pounds. This makes it tough to project him adding more weight but he looks like an MLB player. He also plays with a ton of energy and is recognized for his intensity.

    On the defensive side of the ball, there are some questions about whether he can stick in center field. He is starting to track the ball well and he continues to improve his ability to finish plays. His arm strength is very good, even with some tendonitis concerns, but he needs to work on his accuracy.

    Who Could He Be?

    There is the potential for Frazier to develop into a five-tool player at a premium position. He has the chance to make multiple All-Star teams or at least be a solid regular player.

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    One of the biggest holes in his game has been pitch recognition. He goes up to the plate looking fastball and he can destroy hanging breaking balls. Pitchers have been able to get him out with below average breaking pitches. If this improves, he could be a monster on the offensive side of the ball.

    Tendonitis issues have lowered Frazierís arm strength from plus to above average. If he gets back to his previous level, his defensive value would pair nicely with his solid offensive projections.

    There is some risk with Frazier but he could reward a team by becoming a perennial All-Star.

    How Soon Could He Be Playing In Target Field?

    Frazier will be 18 years, 9 months old on draft day. This puts him on a similar path to the major leagues as Byron Buxton. He will likely spend the end of this coming summer in rookie ball.

    Like Buxton this year, he could start 2014 at Low-A. He would spend 2015 at High-A and 2016 at Double-A. This timetable would leave him close to making his big league debut.

    The Twins let Aaron Hicks skip Triple-A; Frazier has the potential to make that type of move. If he takes care of some of his flaws, he could be an everyday starter by 2017.

    If the Twins Draft This Guy, They Messed Up Because...

    Frazier might end up busting out in the minor leagues. He doesn't have room to grow into his body so the potential to add power isn't there.

    There will likely be better players available at number four. He also has red hair and apparently a good big league player can't have red hair according to old school scout analysis.

    The Twins could work out a deal with Frazier before the draft, signing him for less than slot value. The team could then use the extra money for a pick later in the draft.

    If the Twins Draft This Guy, They Nailed It Because...

    Without risk, there is never any reward. Frazier's bat speed and five-tool potential could help him move quickly through the system.

    Buxton might be the team's center fielder of the future but Frazier could slide into a corner spot and be an above average regular. Imagine the Twins starting outfield in 2017 with Buxton in CF, Frazier in RF, and Arcia or Hicks in LF.

    Frazier is an unbelievably hard worker and he shows this on the field. He is a natural leader and will push himself. There might be work ethic questions surrounding other prep players but there is no doubt about Frazier's make-up.

    Plus it would be cool to have a guy with bright red hair in the middle of the line-up on an everyday basis.

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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins MLB Draft Profile: Clint Frazier, OF started by Cody Christie
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Thats a horrible uniform and lots of eye black...

      From all tell he has crazy good bat speed. If Bryant, Appel, & Gray are gone, and Stewart looks like a tough sign, I wouldn't be outraged over this pick.
    1. rickyhawaii's Avatar
      rickyhawaii -
      Frazier's bat speed looks crazy fast. obviously seeing it through videos, i'm not sure if it's truly faster than most other players bat speeds. from the video that i seen i like Frazier, but he does have drawbacks. he's listed as 6ft in most posts i've seen on him. the major league projection is just hard to figure out. 6ft could be plenty tall enough though... maybe Frazier's just exceptionally talented. i like Frazier over Meadows, but Meadows has a little more projection. right now i'd prefer Stewart, the twins need to bring their A game to the negotiation tables though. I don't think Stewart would pass up the money, but if his heart is set in playing football can't fault him.. isn't Jason Bay near ginger enough? Mark Mcgwire was a ginger..
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      I would be very happy with Frazier, if that is who the Twins select. According to everything I have read, he can hit. Guys who have the hit tool present seem to exceed expectations because hitting is the most fundamental skill in baseball and probably the hardest to teach. Eddie Rosario is a great example of a guy who can just flat out hit. He often isn't looked at as a big time prospect, but he almost certainly will play in the Majors because he can hit.

      I'd probably prefer Stewart at this point as well, but I would be happy with Frazier.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I'd put him 5-7th overall on my list....so I would not cry if he was the pick, though I'm sure I'd type a 10 paragraph rant about how this team will never have pitching if they keep passing on it (or using all their high picks on college relievers.....).
    1. Siehbiscuit's Avatar
      Siehbiscuit -
      I'm 100% on Stewart if the Big3 are gone. Stewart>Frazier>Meadows. Although I do like Moran. He seems to have a very projectable hit tool and has a better chance to stick at 3rd than do guys like Bryant, Sano or even Harrison.

      With so many guys in our system able to move to a corner OF position, I think the Twins should take Stewart or Moran. I would even consider Shipley or Ball before another outfielder, take this discount and spend more on a high upside/tough sign kid later.
    1. Dance with Disco Dan's Avatar
      Dance with Disco Dan -
      I wish you hadn't shown me that photo. I liked Frazier 50% more before I had to factor in the eye-black-indicates-the-kid-might-very-well-be-a-dope/dbag into my analysis. On the other hand, if he'd gone with some clowny-white - with his hair color - I would DEMAND the Twins take him.

      I like Frazier and wouldn't mind if he was the pick. Given that he is expected to go 6 or lower it seems like the Twins should be able to negotiate some savings if they like him best. I am still riding the Stewart train if the "Big 3" are gone.
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      I like this kid a lot. You just cannot over value a great work ethic combined with world cass bat speed and a real good arm. Buxton, Sano, Arcia, Frazier & Hicks is a lot of potential offense.
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