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Frazier, Cozart Named to BA's All-Rookie Team

A few days ago, Matt Eddy of Baseball America unveiled BA’s All-Rookie Team. Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart were named to the squad and former Red Yonder Alonso received the honor as well.

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C: Wilin Rosario, Colorado
1B: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
2B: Donovan Solano, Miami
3B: Todd Frazier, Cincinnati
SS: Zack Cozart, Cincinnati
OF: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
OF: Bryce Harper, Washington
OF: Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland
DH: Yonder Alonso, San Diego

SP: Wei-Yin Chen, Baltimore
SP: Yu Darvish, Texas
SP: Mike Fiers, Milwaukee
SP: Wade Miley, Arizona
SP: Jarrod Parker, Oakland
RP: Ryan Cook, Oakland
RP: Robbie Ross, Texas
CL: Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City

Frazier and Cozart are the first Reds to be selected to BA’s All-Rookie squad since 2008 when both Joey Votto and Jay Bruce received the honor. The other OFers with Bruce were Denard Span and Jacoby Ellsbury. Imagine that trio roaming your outfield.

For The ToddFather, the accolades for his 2012 season simply keep coming…and deservedly so. His primary competition would have been Wil Middlebrooks from Boston, but as Eddy denoted, injuries derailed Middlebrooks this season. Next, to me, would have to be Jordan Pacheco of Colorado. Pacheco did post a higher batting average (.309 to .273) and OBP (.341 to .331), but Frazier more than compensated for such in SLG (.498 to .421) and OPS (.829 to .762).

As I noted in our Surprise Player of the Year, Frazier filling the voids of Scott Rolen and Joey Votto helped keep the team together and rolling.

According to Eddy, Cozart competition came from Colorado’s Josh Rutledge and Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons as his competition. Yes, comments about his offensive woes are still out there (something Eddy references), may continue to develop, but in looking at the some offensive numbers, Cozart fared pretty darn well. He was 3rd among all ML rookies in doubles (33, yes, more than Trout) and tied for 6th in home runs (15).

As previously discussed here, Cozart was more than solid defensively. This is also pointed out within the piece in that teams value defense more from the position than had been the thought from roughly five years ago.

We have seen Cozart with the bat. I don’t honestly believe he’s what we saw in 2012. I look forward to better numbers in 2013.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds Todd Frazier Zack Cozart

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