It is not often that the everyday fan gets to watch their favorite team’s top prospects, but this weekend Cleveland Indians fans can catch a glimpse of the organization’s No. 2 prospect, Clint Frazier when he appears in the AFL Fall Stars game. The game will be broadcast on both MLB Network and MLB.com this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
Frazier being in the game is no surprise, as Red Thunder has been one of the Arizona Fall League’s best hitters in his 12 games for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The AFL is meant more for development than playing to win and pad personal stats, but Frazier is currently tied for fourth in hits (16), tied for third in home runs (3), and sports a monstrous .320/.393/.540 slash line.
One issue that Frazier is working out while playing in the AFL is having a better eye at the plate, which he has been slowly improving since being drafted in 2013. His strikeout rate went from 31.1% in 2013 to 29.7% in 2014, to 21.3% in High-A ball this season. However, so far in his limited time on the Scorpions he has struck out 14 times--tied for the fourth-most among qualified batters. Having a .933 OPS helps cover up those whiffs just a tad, though.
Frazier is one of seven Top 100 prospects playing in the AFL this year, along with No. 5 overall prospect J.P Crawford of the Philadelphia Phillies, and No. 18 overall prospect Austin Meadows of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The lone Indians players joining Frazier on the AFL East squad will be 26-year-old pitcher Perci Garner, who has allowed four runs in four appearances for the Scorpions this season. Perci signed a minor-league deal with the Indians prior to 2015, after having spent the first five years of his career in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.