The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Mississippi State shortstop Adam Frazier in the sixth round of the MLB draft. Frazier hit for a .344/.393/.451 line in 273 at-bats this year. The draft is light on college shortstops, and Frazier is one of the top options, ranked 142nd by Baseball America.
Defensively Frazier has an average arm, but strong instincts and good agility and footwork. He looks more like a utility infielder in the future, rather than a guy who could be a regular starter. Offensively he has great plate discipline and a line drive stroke to all fields, but doesn’t hit for any power.
Frazier was the teammate of Hunter Renfroe, who the Pirates were linked to in the first round. It’s likely that he stood out to Pirates scouts when they went to see Renfroe. The overall profile sounds like an Adalberto Santos type. He’s athletic, doesn’t have the defense to be a starter, but can play the middle infield spots, doesn’t have good power, but hits for average and has great plate patience.