Tribe's Frazier struts stuff in Fall League victory
Indians No. 2 prospect accrues three hits, three runs, two stolen bases in Scottsdale win
By William Boor
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - All Clint Frazier does is hit.
The Indians' No. 2 prospect caught fire late in the year for Class A Advanced Lynchburg and has continued to do so in the early stages of the Arizona Fall League.
Frazier, via a 3-for-5 performance, led the Scottsdale Scorpions to a 10-3 victory over the Salt River Rafters on Monday afternoon.
"I was seeing the ball pretty well today," Frazier said. "I tried to be aggressive early in the count. [D-backs prospect Yoan] Lopez has some pretty good stuff, stuff he can definitely put you away with if you get deep in the count and I went up there just trying to jump him early."
The victory, which featured a trio of first-inning runs, was the perfect bounce-back performance for the Scorpions, who tallied 15 hits in Saturday's contest, but scored just one run as 16 runners were left on base.
"I think it's huge for us right now," Frazier said. "Obviously getting the hits wasn't the problem for us the other night, it was getting the runs in. We have a really good offensive team and a really good pitching team as well. They're going to go out and take care of business and today we bounced back and scored a lot of runs."
On Monday, the team registered 13 hits and left just seven runners on base.
Frazier hit .285 in 133 games during the regular season, but really came on late in the season as he hit .325 in the second half.
The center fielder made a slight adjustment at the plate, which led to the strong second half and has carried over to success in the Fall League thus far.
Frazier has hits in seven of eight games in the AFL and has notched multihit games in each of his last three contests. Monday's performance was also his third three-hit game in the young season.
"It started with my timing, my timing was off in Lynchburg the first half," Frazier said. "I messed around with a timing mechanism and had to reevaluate what I had to do the second half and build an approach along with that. I'm trying to stay up the middle, to the big part of the field and make sure that I'm on time every single time to the plate."
Frazier was certainly on time in his first three at-bats as he roped a trio of line-drive singles. And once he got to first, the former first-round selection didn't stay there for long.
Frazier stole a pair of bases -- his first two of the Fall -- and scored three runs.
"I was just trying to be aggressive," Frazier said.
Scottsdale's offense broke the game open, but it wasn't all easy.
Salt River put up a trio of runs against Giants No. 12 prospect Adalberto Mejia in the fifth, but that was all they could muster.
Mejia threw four-plus innings, and gave up three runs on four hits.
"He's nasty," Frazier said. "He throws hard as a lefty, he's big, he's got really good off-speed stuff, and he commands his pitches. For him to go out there and only give up a few runs with how many guys they had on base is not bad. He's going to be a very good pitcher for a long time."
William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.