Burning Fantasy Baseball Questions: Cincinnati Reds

by Tim Heaney on February 1, 2013 @ 13:15:00 PDT


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Where did those Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick numbers come from?

Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier
Seek counsel in Frazier?

Frazier finally recaptured the promise he held several years ago as a position-wandering prospect. Ludwick has shown such runs before as a fringe lineup piece.

Leaving the yard remains the most stable skill for both hitters, and when you call GABP home, you can sustain it. The .316 BABIP Frazier put up resembled those he put up in the minors; his lumber produces many ropes, after all, and he doesn't have a drastic handedness split weakness. However, his fly-ball frequency and poor command of the strike zone say that even after the growth step in 2012, you shouldn't expect another clip boost. That shouldn't stop you, however, from giving him corner-infield consideration in mixed setups, especially since he's eligible at both qualifying positions. He's getting lost in the depth at each spot.

Ludwick's success versus right-handed pitchers gives him plenty of security as long as he keeps up a smidge of the summer run he posted. He's one of the streakiest stick wielders in the game, though, and any lows would open up time for Chris Heisey. Still, as long as he's in a run-producing role, Ludwick has a sound chance to match his counting contributions at a highly discounted price.

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