Clint Frazier, the Cleveland Indians organizational No. 2 prospect, played well enough in the Arizona Fall League to make it on Baseball America’s Top 10 prospects of the Arizona Fall League list for 2015. While a majority of the baseball world sees great things in Frazier’s future, there is still doubt floating around that he may not have the plate approach to stick around against Major League pitching. His high strikeout rate during the Arizona Fall League this season probably did not help that much, but he hit well enough to be ranked No. 8 on Baseball America’s list.
In 22 games for the Scottsdale Scorpions, Frazier tallied 25 hits, one double, two triples, and three home runs, but he struck out 27 times. We saw both aspects of Frazier, the loud bat and the strikeout tendency, in the AFL Championship game, when Frazier put a charge into a couple balls but ultimately went 0-4 with two strikeouts.
At No. 8 on Baseball America’s list, Frazier beat out fellow Top 100 prospect Austin Meadows (No. 22 overall). Frazier was also named to the AFL Stars game as the AFL East team’s starting centerfielder.
Frazier probably will not see the Major League field in 2016, but he could be on track for a 2017 debut if everything goes well in the minors next year. His arm and bat would play well in centerfield, but if Bradley Zimmer surges to the Majors in 2016, or even early 2017, Frazier may be relegated to a corner outfield spot. Either way, the future is bright in the Progressive Field grass.