The All-Star Game will be a big deal in Cincinnati this year, but the Reds' play on the field hasn't really been worth much so far this season. They'll want to be represented as much as possible, but they don't have anyone even remotely in the running to get a vote for a starting spot. Who's deserving to get their spot?
Todd Frazier is.
It's amazing to think that Todd Frazier is still an under-the-radar player to most baseball fans, but he's on his way to being a bona fide superstar at the major league level.
Frazier was a late bloomer in baseball terms, not making his major league debut until age 25. He was seen as mostly a utility player at that point, but after a campaign in 2012 where he finished 3rd in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, he won the Reds' 3B job outright. He had a sophomore slump in 2013, but bounced back in 2014 to make his first All-Star appearance. He was hitting .290/.353/.500 at the break last season, and started to show his potential as a slugging corner infielder. He also had 19 homers at the break, and earned a spot in the Home Run Derby, the first Red since Ken Griffey Jr. went in 2000.
By some measures, he's been even better this year. He's currently hitting .270/.351/.587, and has an even higher OPS than he did at the break last year. He's already hit 16 homers, and is on pace to eclipse last year's mark there too. He'll likely be the Reds' representative at the Home Run Derby again.
On top of his accomplishments on the field, he's also the clear choice for the Reds' off the field. From his friendship with Teddy Kremer a couple of years ago, to his appearances at local schools and games, Todd has an electric personality that fits in perfectly in Cincinnati, and goes perfectly to represent the home team in the All-Star game.
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