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Boston Red Sox: Assessing Todd Frazier

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With the hot stove officially at a low heat, the name Todd Frazier has once again made the list of possible names on the move. The White Sox third basemen has been trade bait for the last two seasons in Chicago, and now might finally be the time for him to move teams. Of the teams he could end up on, team that makes the most sense is the Boston Red Sox.

Obviously this may have some bias, but it is a no brainer when it comes down to it. Let’s break it down.

Hitting: Frazier is an power bat who loves to strike out. While plate discipline isn’t something you can teach over night, Frazier still manages to hit in the .230-.250 range. His average has been declining over the last three seasons from his career high of .273, and his strikeouts have been on the rise (career high 163 last season) but his home-run totals have hit a peak which will only grow in Fenway Park. Frazier loves pulling the ball (he pulls 49.3% of batted balls), and anything in the air to left field is a guaranteed double at Fenway so long as you don’t crawl out of the batters box. With Frazier batting just .210, and on pace for a career worst season, the Red Sox can get him for a low tier prospect, and with the amount of talent waiting in the minors for Chicago, the sooner the better.

Fielding: I would be lying if I said he’s a defensive upgrade to Devin Marrero, but Frazier is also not the worst when it comes to playing the corner. He’s average, exactly what you would expect. He is flexible though, with experience in the outfield while in Cincinnati, and playing a little bit of first base in Cincy and Chicago. But Dave Dombrowiski doesn’t care about the flexibility, he wants a third basemen – and with 741 games played at third base Todd Frazier fits the bill perfectly.

Baserunning: Like most power hitters, Frazier isn’t the fastest – but he does steal bases. Frangraphs has ranked Frazier from 42-54 when it comes to his speed, so he is the definition of an average runner, which is a step up from Pablo Sandoval. Since his the rise of his power numbers, his stolen bases have fallen from 20 in 2014 to only 4 so far in 2017. Similar to his flexibility on defense, Dombroski isn’t looking for the speed. However, it is an added bonus in the middle of the lineup.

With the trade deadline approaching on July 31st, expect the Red Sox to make a move for a third basemen. As of now, Todd Frazier is the name the Red Sox want, and for very good reasons. If the “Toddfather” switches Sox then the Red Sox are more than likely to run away with the AL East. If they don’t then they’re going to have a clear hole in their lineup come the playoff push in September. This guy is a need.

Tyler is currently covering the Celtics for the upcoming season, as well as providing coverage for the MLB on occasion. He has written for The Georgetowner Newspaper in Washington, DC as well as providing work for the Red Sox on Fansided. He is fan of Hayley Williams, Seinfeld, and cold beer. You can keep up with Tyler on @TheTylerHetu. Thank you for reading.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Lose 6-2 To Bisons Despite Good Start By Elias

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Pawtucket Red Sox Lose 6-2 To Bisons Despite Good Start By Elias

The Pawtucket Red Sox dropped game 2 of their 4 game series with the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday night 6-2 at McCoy Stadium. There were 6,502 fans at McCoy Stadium tonight.

Roenis Elias Pitched much better then what his pitching line showed. He gave up 4 runs in 7 innings, but it should have only been 2 run. Elias was also pretty close to doing something that Craig Kimbrel and Rick Porcello have done this season.

The Paw Sox saw all of their offense from a two run home run from Matt Dominguez in the 4th inning. It was a home run that barley got out of the park.

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Batting Cleanup, Devers’s Underutilization Mounting

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Red Sox Talk: Batting Cleanup, Devers’s Underutilization Mounting

Here is a not so hot-take Red Sox fans: Rafael Devers is currently the team’s best player! Conversely, he’s not even close to performing to his full potential. The reason for this is the 20-year-old third baseman hasn’t been allowed to. He’s a flourishing power-hitter who hardly finds himself in consequential power-hitting situations. And why is that? It’s simply because John Farrell is incompetent when it comes to the assembly of a batting order.

It appears that before every game, Farrell aimlessly tosses darts at the names of players while he’s blindfolded. This assertion would be more believable if his mishandling of the lineup wasn’t laden with such faulty science.

If It Ain’t Broke

Rafael Devers has been irrefutably our best hitter since he was called up in late-July. Going into Monday’s game: He was handily bolstering a .350 BA with 8 HR’s and has a .700 slugging percentage. These are definitively the stats of a pure-slugger. Where do rare talents like Devers belong in the order? Well according to John Farrell, they appropriately belong in the 6th spot. Yeah, the old 6 hole! That’s where your best hitter can produce at full capacity.

Of the 8 HR’s that the Baby-Face Bambino has hit, 6 of them were solo shots. From that we can deduce that only a ¼ of his dingers were multi-run home runs. This low percentage of RBI’s is clearly a symptom of his poor placement in the order. After all, Devers can’t knock em’ home if there’s no ducks on the pond, when he’s at the plate

6.4 is Rafael Devers’ average spot in the lineup, in the 21 games, he’s played in. That is an insult to an overperforming prospect who needs his tenuous confidence to be stimulated, not doubted. Superficially, one would presume tenure dictates that Devers must “earn his stripes” on this team. Nothing like a little rookie hazing!

Firstly, that’s an obsolete approach to professional sports. Secondly, that’s not Farrell’s reason for governing the growth of this young superstar. No, John Farrell is circumscribed by textbook baseball-science and he is incapable of thinking outside of these margins.

A Certain Science

Almost always, Farrell tries to “counter” the handedness of the opposing starter. For example, Lefty on the mound means he’ll run out a right-handed saturated lineup, and vice versa. This is an overly educated (if there is such a thing) and misguided system of prioritizing that favors handedness over ability.

I swear John Farrell would pinch hit for Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the 9th if he was facing a right-handed pitcher.

Rafael Devers should at least be rewarded for his hot start with a chance to bat cleanup. This has to happen before his honeymoon high is extinguished by an inevitable slump. In such a scenario: Nunez could lead things off, followed by Mookie and then a red-hot Benintendi. Devers needs to be granted the opportunity to fail before we assume he will fail. This would be a valuable learning experience, one that would be conducive to growth.

Fans of any sport will tell you that there’s an intangible magic to the game, and to it’s greatest players. That’s why we love sports. What Boston has in John Farrell is a manager who isn’t sensitive nor privy to that “magic”. He has to start reading the barometer of his team and the games in which they play. Believe it or not, some things just can’t be learned in books, John.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Play Buffalo In Game 2 Of Their Series Tonight

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Pawtucket Red Sox Play Buffalo In Game 2 Of Their Series Tonight

The Pawtucket Red Sox (61-67) will play host to the Buffalo Bisons (58-70) tonight at McCoy Stadium. The pitching match up for tonights’ game is Joe Biagini (0-1, 3.48 ERA) for the Buffalo Bisons. He will be up against Roenis Elias (1-3, 7.27 ERA) for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

In the first game of the four game series, the Buffalo Bisons beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 6-3 in front of 5,997 fans. The Pawtucket Red Sox were leading 3-2 heading into the 9th inning, with Edgar Olmos on the mound, Gregorio Petit hit a game tying home run just into the Paw Sox bullpen. Later in the inning, Christian Lopes hit a go-ahead 3 run home run to give the Bisons a 6-3 lead.

All 3 runs from the Christian Lopes home run were unearned. That was due to a ball that Jantzen Witte threw into the dirt that Blake Swihart couldn’t pick out of the dirt. Swihart was charged with an error on the play that continued the inning. Other then that, Swihart looked like he could do well at 1st base if he is able to get reps at first base.

Tonights Starting Pitchers

Tonights starting pitcher for the Buffalo Bisons, Joe Biagini pitched well last time out on August 17th. In that game, he shut out the Indianapolis Indians through 4 innings, giving up 2 hits, walking 3, and struck out 4 on 73 pitches (45 strikes). Biagini was pitching for Bisons major league team the Toronto Blue Jays. This season for the Blue Jays, he was 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA in 86 1/3 innings.

Tonights starting pitcher for the Paw Sox, Roenis Elias, was knocked around in his start on August 17th at Louisville. In that start, he went 5 2/3, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts on 96 pitches (54 strikes).

Tonights Lineups

Buffalo Bisons:

2B Christian Lopes

SS Gregorio Petit

RF Teoscar Hernandez

1B Rowdy Tellez

C Danny Jansen

3B Jason Leblebijian

DH Mike Ohlman

LF Jon Berti

CF Roemon Fields

SP Joe Biagini

Pawtucket Red Sox:

CF Tzu-Wei Lin

2B Heiker Meneses

1B Sam Travis

RF Bryce Brentz

3B Matt Dominguez

LF Ryan Court

C Blake Swihart

SS Deven Marrero

DH Dan Butler

SP Roenis Elias

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