Cleveland Indians outfield prospect Clint Frazier has been named the Carolina League’s Player of the Month for July. This does not come as much of a surprise, as Jason pointed out in an earlier post; Red Thunder has been mashing the ball in July.
Throughout his award-winning month, Frazier hit for a .363/.442/.559 slash (good for an OCD-friendly 1.000 OPS) with three home runs in 28 games for the Lynchburg Hillcats. It took some time to get up to speed ever since coming out of rookie ball. But only a year-and-a-half later, now in High-A ball, Frazier has excelled since being shifted over to center field to take the place of the promoted Bradley Zimmer.
On the season, he has a 147 wRC+ and 13 home runs, and his biggest improvement has been fewer strikeouts. His 22.1% strikeout rate thus far in 2015 is the lowest of his career at any level – he struck out 29.7% of the time in Single-A and 31.1% of the time in the rookie league.
Frazier also was just named the Carolina League Player of the Week for the first week of August, which he also won for the July 13-19 week. This is the fourth straight week a member of the Lynchburg Hillcats has been named Player of the Week.