Sixth Round: Pirates Draft Adam Frazier, SS

2013 draftThe 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.

Here is Frazier’s player page.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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