While the Pittsburgh Pirates are at the bottom of the National League Central leaderboards, Adam Frazier is near the top of the National League leaderboards in some important statistical categories.
Not that the 29-year-old second baseman is paying much attention. While he begrudgingly admits that he at least took a look to see where he stands on punches, Frazier has little interest in the rest of the stats.
“I try not to look at the numbers, I try not to look around the league,” Frazier said. “So you’re comparing yourself, trying to do too much, trying to do this, trying to do that instead of just going out and playing and concentrating on each and every at-bat. So yeah, I try to block out all distractions. “
Frazier later said that he would be a better player if he didn’t have a smartphone. The laid-back Athens, Georgia native might have been half joking.
However, if he leans to look at the league leaders, Frazier would see that he has been one of the best hitters in the National League during the first half of the season.
Frazier’s .327 batting average and 100 hits are second in the National League. Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nicholas Castellanos leads in both categories with a .346 average and 102 hits.
Frazier is also second in doubles (24), fourth in triples (four), sixth in on-base percentage (.395), eighth in runs scored (50) and 10th in total bases (144).
Those are impressive numbers considering he plays for a 29-50 team that is 18 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers who are in first place in the divisional standings. The Pirates are also last in the major leagues with an average of 3.51 runs scored per game.
“I think the first half was pretty good, but it’s not over yet,” Frazier said. “Just one day at a time. We have a long way to go. Long season “.
Despite playing a bad team that is as far removed from the national consciousness as any of MLB’s 30 franchises, Frazier is one of three finalists in the vote to be the National League second baseman in the All-Star Game on July 13 at Coors. Field in Denver.
The other finalists are Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves and Gavin Lux of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Albies is hitting .265 with 15 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 77 games, while Lux is hitting .229 with six home runs in 69 games. They both play for teams with high visibility.
Not surprisingly, Frazier said Wednesday that he had not voted for himself or looked at the voting results. All-Star teams will be revealed Sunday and Frazier has yet to play in a Midsummer Classic during his six-year career.
“It would be a dream come true, but it’s not something I’m thinking about,” Frazier said.
Frazier also maintains tunnel vision when it comes to MLB’s trade deadline looming on July 30.
Despite his great season, Frazier doesn’t fit into the Pirates’ youth movement. However, he would appear to be appealing to contending teams with his left-handed hitting and his ability to play third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions as well.
Frazier is also affordable with a salary of $ 4.3 million. Also, he won’t be eligible for free agency until next season.
Of course, Frazier has learned to ignore rumors. It has been part of the commercial speculation for most of the three years.
“I have a lot of other things to worry about,” Frazier said. “I just learned to be where my feet are and have a good time playing baseball and try to do everything I can to win a game every day. Whether he’s in a pirate uniform or somewhere else, it doesn’t really matter. “