Adam Frazier

Adam Timothy Frazier

Height: 5'10"    Weight: 181 lbs.

Bats/Throws: Left / Right

Born: 12/14/1991 in Athens, Georgia

College: Mississippi State Universtiy

MLB Debut: 06/24/2016

Salary: Not available

Acquired: In trade from the San Diego Padres, for Ray Kerr and Corey Rosier (11/27/2021)

Free Agent after: 2022 season

Awards: 2021 All-Star

Twitter handle: @A_Fraz12

We suggested in our season preview article that Adam Frazier could be expected to post at least a .270 batting average and solid on-base numbers throughout the year. Are there points for being half-right? For the month of May, Fraz delivered, posting a line of .275/.342/.385, pretty much on target. For the three April weeks and the first week of June, not so much. He's also delivered and then some at home, batting .321/.412/.464 in the 21 games played thus far at the ballpark by Elliott Bay while his road numbers look pretty anemic at .185/.230/.246. There's plenty of time for the Mariners' second-sacker to turn things around, and it's not without precedent for him to slump (he had a dreadful August last year with the Padres and still hit over .300 for the year). Frazier's history indicates this is just an aberrant blip, but time will tell. Meanwhile, he's been steady defensively at the keystone and has been capable when called upon to play the outfield, something that has been necessary thanks to the Mariners' tendency to carry a minimal bench.

TH, 6/7/22


Prior notes

General manager Jerry Dipoto went after Adam Frazier last July, trying to snag him for the M's before the 2021 trading deadline, but he couldn't come to agreement with Frazier's team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ultimately, the Pirates traded their All-Star second baseman to San Diego and Dipoto had to look elsewhere for stretch-run upgrades. But he kept his eye on Frazier anyway, and when San Diego entered the offseason with a glut of infielders Dipoto tried again. (After all, he has a history of getting what he wants out of the Padres.) This time he didn't have to try very hard, managing to get Frazier for two low-level minor league prospects. At the moment it's a short-term acquisition—Frazier will be a free agent following this season barring a contract extension—but a good one nonetheless, shoring up the infield with a quality hitter and decent defender for a season with high expectations.

Though 2021 was his best year to date, the Mississippi State product has been a steadily productive hitter throughout his career, steadily rising through the minors in 3½ years with excellent batting averages and on-base marks, then batting .301/.356/.411 as a rookie in 2016. Since then he's hit at least .275 every year save 2020, which can't be counted as a real season anyway. A solid contact approach has made him a decent leadoff hitter, though it remains to be seen if he or J.P. Crawford will have that job this season for the M's. In his 4½ years in Pittsburgh Frazier was rather consistent, but faced with an abrupt change of scene last year he slumped badly for about seven weeks when he got traded; for whatever reason, he didn't take well to the San Diego situation and it took until mid-September for him to regain his equilibrium and hit like he had as a Pirate. This time, he was traded in the offseason and will have no sudden relocation to worry about; beginning his Mariner tenure in spring training, Frazier has settled in with the club well, fitting in and mashing to the tune of .462/.563/.615 in his first several preseason games.


TH, 3/29/22