Cincinnati Reds – No. 21
February 12, 1986 |
Point Pleasant, New Jersey
|May 23, 2011 for the Cincinnati Reds|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||235|
Career highlights and awards
|Competitor for United States|
|World University Championship|
|Gold||2006 Havana||National team|
Todd B. Frazier (born February 12, 1986) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). Frazier is 6'3, 215 lb, right-handed, was a shortstop in college, and was converted to outfield in 2009. Frazier is the Reds' starting third baseman, and he has also played left field and first base.
Todd Frazier was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, the youngest of three boys of Charlie and Joan Frazier. He grew up in Toms River, New Jersey and starred for the team that won the 1998 Little League World Series. In the championship game he was the winning pitcher, and as a hitter he went 4-4 with a lead-off home run. He was also a member of the 1996 Junior Pee-Wee National Champions. He played high school ball at Toms River High School South. Representing his Little League champion team, Frazier appeared at Yankee Stadium in 1998 standing next to New Jersey-born Derek Jeter during the National Anthem. Fittingly, when he made it to the majors, Frazier would not only play against Jeter in the 2014 All-Star Game—Frazier's first and Jeter's last—but just days later would also help the Reds honor the Yankee captain's final year in baseball in a special pre-game tribute.
Frazier played in college for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. In 2007, he started all 63 games for Rutgers, posting a .377 batting average, a .502 on-base percentage, and a .757 slugging percentage. He won Big East player of the year in 2007 and was named a Rivals.com All-American.
He now lives in Toms River, where his name now graces the Little League field called Frazier Field House.
On July 11, 2007, Frazier made his professional debut as a designated hitter for the Billings Mustangs—the Reds' Rookie-Advanced farm team in the Pioneer League—going 2-for-4 with two singles, an RBI and a run scored. Frazier finished the 2007 season with the Dayton Dragons.
Frazier played multiple positions for the Louisville Bats, the Reds' AAA team in the International League. He also spent the 2010 preseason as a non-roster invitee to the Reds' training camp. After the 2010 season, he was added to the Reds' 40-man roster.
On May 23, 2011, Frazier and Matt Maloney were called up to the majors, with Edinson Volquez and Jordan Smith optioned to Louisville. Frazier struck out in his first major league plate appearance facing Michael Stutes while pinch-hitting for Maloney.
On July 31, 2011, Frazier hit his first career home run, a solo shot off of Barry Zito's 1-1 hanging curveball. On May 16, 2012, Frazier hit two home runs against the New York Mets. On May 23, 2012, he hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth against the Atlanta Braves.
On May 27, 2012, Frazier homered off of the Colorado Rockies' Jamie Moyer in a 7-5 Reds' win. The home run was unusual because Frazier's bat slipped out of his hands as he was swinging. The same day, he had saved the life of a man choking on a piece of steak by administering the Heimlich maneuver. Of the latter experience, he said, "I gave two pumps and it came out . . . It was pretty surreal. I have never done that before." 
On November 5, 2012, Frazier was named the National League's Outstanding Rookie by the MLB Players Association. On April 18, 2013, Frazier hit a homer for Reds' honorary batboy Teddy Kremer, an adult with Down syndrome.
On July 6, 2014, Frazier was named a National League All-Star for the first time in his career, along with teammates Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman and Devin Mesoraco and later Alfredo Simon. On July 8, he was selected to participate in the Home Run Derby. In the Derby, where Frazier's brother Charlie served as his pitcher, he won the National League bracket and represented the NL in the final, where he lost to defending champ Yoenis Cespedes.
On February 8, 2015 Frazier and the Reds reached an agreement on a two-year, $12 million contract. The deal will pay Frazier $4.5 million in 2015, including a signing bonus, and $7.5 million in 2016.
Frazier has two older brothers who also played professional baseball. Jeff Frazier played in nine major league games in 2010 for the Detroit Tigers and played a total of nine seasons in the Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs organizations. Charlie Frazier played for six seasons in the Miami Marlins organization.
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- Christopher, Chris. "Frazier to Cincinnati; 34th overall", Ocean County Observer, June 8, 2007. "She had to do something to honor her cousin, Todd Frazier, the former Toms River High School South standout selected 34th in the supplemental first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft yesterday by the Cincinnati Reds."
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)