Indians in the AFL: Frazier continuing 2nd-half surge
After finishing strong at Class A Advanced, outfielder one of nine Tribe members in Fall League
After his monstrous second half in the Carolina League, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Clint Frazier has continued to swing a hot bat in the Arizona Fall League.
The Indians' No. 2 prospect (No. 35 overall) has been one of Fall League's most impressive hitters in the early going, batting .368/.429/.579 with a pair of home runs, seven RBIs and a team-best 14 hits in nine games for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Frazier struggled during the first half of the season at Class A Advanced, batting.248/.334/.395 with seven home runs in 67 games. But as was the case during his 2014 full-season debut, the 21-year-old outfielder bounced back with authority, posting an impressive .325/.422/.539 batting line with nine home runs, 31 extra-base hits and 37 RBIs over his final 66 contests.
"I think the best to happen to me was failing pretty bad during the first half and have a chance to sit back at the All-Star break and really figure out what I needed to work on in the second half," said Frazier about his 2015 campaign.
After striking out 72 times against 27 walks during the first half, the 2013 first-round Draft pick (No. 5 overall) coaxed 41 walks and fanned just 53 times after the All-Star break.
Overall, Frazier batted .285/.377/.465 with a career-best 16 home runs, 36 doubles, 72 RBIs and 88 runs scored. He also swiped 15 bags in 22 attempts.
"It really started with my timing mechanism," said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound outfielder when asked about his turnaround. "Once I figured that out and felt more comfortable with it, it really made it seem like I was able to pick up the ball at the plate. I stopped trying to go up there and hit a 500-foot home run with every swing and really focused on trying to drive the ball back up the middle."
Now, in the Fall League, Frazier is furthering what made him successful during the second half. However, he's also making sure to enjoy the moment -- and his teammates.
"Come out here and try to develop a strong routine and a more advanced approach at the plate, and, overall, just have fun with the guys I'm with right now," he said. "I feel very honored just for the fact that what I did this was recognized and I get to come out here and play with the best guys around right now."
Indians hitters in the Fall League
• Yandy Diaz, 3B - The Indians' No. 28 prospect has moved up the ladder quickly since signing during the fall of 2013. The 24-year-old had a strong offensive campaign at Double-A Akron, batting .315/.412/.408 with more walks (78) than strikeouts (65) in 132 games.
• Todd Hankins, OF - The 2011 15th-rounder is working primarily in the outfield in the Fall League but also has considerable experience on the infield, with 226 games played at second base, 61 at third base and 11 at shortstop during his five-year career. The 24-year-old posted a .682 OPS with 21 stolen bases this past season at Akron, and he's batting .364 with nine walks through seven games this fall.
• Jeremy Lucas, C - A 12th-round selection in the 2012 Draft out of Indiana State, Lucas, 24, spent more than two months on the disabled list this season and will use the Fall League to make up for lost time.
Indians pitchers in the Fall League
• Perci Garner, RHP - Signed as a Minor League free agent prior to the season, the 26-year-old Garner was shifted to the bullpen and performed well in the role, registering a 2.93 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings for Class A Advanced Lynchburg.
• T.J. House, LHP - One of several big leaguers in this year's Fall League, House, 26, is making up for lost time after he missed a majority of the season while on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.
• Jacob Lee, RHP - Lee, a ninth-round Draft pick in 2012 out of Arkansas State, has moved through Cleveland's system at a level-per-year pace. In his first taste of Double-A this season, the 26-year-old right-hander registered a 4.19 ERA in 62 1/3 innings (37 appearances).
• Antonio Romero, RHP - Signed as a free agent toward the end of the 2014 season, Romero had a successful pro debut at Lynchburg -- he also made a spot start for Triple-A Columbus -- posting a 2.45 ERA in 66 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .220 average.
• Grant Sides, RHP - The 26-year-old righty pitched well in the Carolina League but then scuffled upon reaching Double-A, where he walked more batters than he struck out.