The Potential Tools: 60 run, 60 arm, 60 power, 50 glove
Strengths: Plus athleticism; strong, muscular frame; elite bat speed; loose, explosive hands; strong wrists; strength throughout core; gets hips involved; can turn on velocity; will punish mistakes in strike zone; can flash patient approach and plan at times; will go the opposite way; raw power is plus plus; natural lift in swing; generates power from bat speed and natural lift; ability to backspin the ball to all fields; plus run; explosive twitch and strides; plus first step quickness; average reads and reactions; plus range; plus arm; throws have carry with accuracy; plus makeup.
Weaknesses: Mechanical flaws in swing; hand hitch and hips leak; high swing-and-miss rate; lacks neurological aspect to recognize spin; often finds weak contact; aggressive approach and will expand hitting zone to all areas; hit tool projects below average; will limit raw power in game; questions about ability to stick in center field; run could slow as body matures; aggressive approach to overall game – can rush actions at the plate and in the field.
Role Ceiling: 55; above-average regular right fielder.
Summary: Enamored with his bat speed, potential power and the possibility to stick in center field, the Indians decided to take Frazier with the sixth-overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. Frazier is a plus athlete with elite level bat speed generated from his strong and quick wrists. There are mechanical flaws in his swing and his hit tool projects to be below average but with Frazier’s raw power being plus plus, there is a chance his in game power still plays plus. With average reads and reactions in the outfield, his defensive skillset is better suited for right field but he could play center field in a pinch. Overall, Frazier brings an exciting power projection, defensive value in right field and a plus run that could make him an above-average big league regular at full maturity.