By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
January 7, 2010
Scott Frazier, a right-handed pitcher from Upland, committed to Pepperdine University during the early-signing period. It would seem to be a good fit for Frazier and for Pepperdine, which hasn’t been afraid to go old school in the past and use guys with the arm/bat combo on the bump and in the box.
Two examples spring to mind, most famously Dan Haren, and more recently, A’s minor leaguer Steve Kleen.
Here’s a look at Frazier on the mound and then we’ll break him down.
Frazier showed at 90-91 at the Area Code Games with a slider at 87 that would profile as his main secondary weapon. In the Fall, I saw Frazier pitching at 89-91 again with a bump to 92. He also mixed in a change-up at 79 and a softer curveball at 73-74.
At 6-6, 205, Frazier is one of the tallest prospects in Southern California’s 2010 class. Even if he doesn’t get taller, he will get stronger. With a wood bat, the right-handed hitter showed armsy raw power when he got two balls out to center field at Angel Stadium during Angels Elite BP. We’ll have to see how Frazier’s career progresses, but from a pro scout’s perspective, I want to see this guy keep hitting with wood for the next three years. If he develops as a hitter and turns some of that raw power into power frequency then, along with his arm, that could be a prototype pro right fielder.
Then again, if Frazier makes a mechanical adjustment and finds more power and consistency in his arm, his future could be on the mound.
Time will tell what his projection brings, which is one reason why college baseball may be a very good fit for a player like this.