By Jason Shetler
When you think of some of the notable prospects in the Pirates organization right now, Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell, Alen Hanson, Austin Meadows and Jameson Taillon quickly come to mind. With the Pirates deep farm system comes with having prospects who don’t get as much attention and fly under the radar. One Pirates prospect who I believe is very underrated is Adam Frazier.
The Pirates drafted Frazier as a shortstop in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Mississippi State. The scouting report coming out of the draft on him was that he didn’t have any tools that were really outstanding. Despite not having that one plus tool, he’s been above average in most areas of his game. Since joining the Pirates system, Frazier has posted a .353 on base percentage. He’s coming off a very good 2015 campaign, as he put up an Eastern League best .324 average with an OPS of .801 for the Altoona Curve. He also can play multiple positions, and although he’s not a great defender overall, he’s good enough.
Frazier is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League for the Glendale Desert Dogs where he’s posting a strong .394 on base. He’s likely to begin the 2016 season with AAA Indianapolis. Frazier projects as a reserve player once he reaches the big leagues. The Pirates seem to have a difficult time finding solid super utility players outside of the organization, so perhaps an internal option like Frazier can become that reliable utility man off the bench with years of club control moving forward.