Mets360 2018 projections: Todd Frazier

Late last night, the Padres signed Eric Hosmer to an 8/$144 contract, which only makes the 2/$17 deal the Mets inked Todd Frazier to look even better. And it looked pretty good the day that it was signed, too. Frazier brings the power that GM Sandy Alderson likes, the OBP that he allegedly likes and the defense that no one has ever claimed Alderson likes but which this team desperately needs.

Of course, the people who are stuck in the past will focus on his .213 AVG and wonder what all the fuss is about with this signing. Would it be better if he hit .270? Well, sure, obviously it would. And Frazier has done that twice previously in his career, so it wouldn’t be unheard of if he does it again. In those two years, he had a BABIP north of .300 while the past two seasons his marks in that category were .236 and .226, respectively.

So, what happened the past two years?

Frazier was traded from the Reds to the White Sox prior to the 2016 season. Cincinnati is well known for being a good hitter’s park. And while the AL field in Chicago is not known as a particularly good pitcher’s park, for whatever reason Frazier simply didn’t hit well there. In 2016, he had a .230 BABIP in Chicago and last year he had a .180 mark between his home parks in Chicago and New York. So, in 610 PA the past two years in his home park, Frazier had a .207 BABIP and a .194 AVG. In the same time frame, he posted a .257 BABIP and a .245 AVG in 632 PA in road parks.

In 87 lifetime PA in Citi Field, Frazier has a .250/.345/.513 line. Will Frazier be able to hit as well in his home park as he does in road parks this year and produce better overall numbers? Here’s what our panel thinks:

Dalton Allison 430 .240 .330 .450 33 88 8
Joe Barbieri 572 .235 .339 .490 33 82 9
John Fox 560 .230 .331 .440 29 83 6
David Groveman 525 .235 .315 .459 28 78 11
Charlie Hangley 537 .232 .340 .525 28 93 7
Brian Joura 610 .255 .380 .535 34 72 12
Mike Koehler 580 .240 .320 .405 30 85 7
Matt Netter 595 .225 .325 .468 27 74 8
Jim O’Malley 525 .228 .319 .406 24 74 6
Rob Rogan 625 .240 .320 .460 35 85 6
Mike Walczak 605 .246 .330 .460 33 92 10

All of us see him improving on last year’s dismal AVG yet nine people still have him below his .245 lifetime mark. Only Mike W. joins me in thinking he’ll have a strong rebound in the category. All of us see him adding significantly to his AVG to post a good OBP and most think he’ll provide good power, too. Mike K. and Jim are the two bears when it comes to power, with the former projecting a .165 ISO and the latter a .178 ISO.

There were two leading contenders for the wild card category for Frazier. We could have focused on his hit by pitches or his infield popup rate. His IFFB% has been consistently bad the past three years, so we forecasted his HBP, instead. Last year, Frazier had 14 HBP, which tied his career-high established in 2013. But the three years in between, he totaled 18 HBP in 2004 PA. No one saw him matching last year’s total but three of us had him in double digits.

Here is our official group forecast for Frazier:

2017 2018
576 PA 560
.213 AVG .235
.344 OBP .330
.428 SLG .460
27 HR 30
76 RBIs 82
14 HBP 8

Overall, we have him for a .790 OPS, which is a bit higher but in line with his .772 mark last year and his .788 mark with the Yankees. Last year, the average 3B in the NL had a .779 OPS, so we see him being slightly above average with the bat. Of course, we have a well-established history of being more optimistic than the computer forecasts. Let’s see how the projection models have Frazier performing this year:

Marcel 555 .230 .319 .462 29 75 8
Mets360 560 .235 .330 .460 30 82 8
Steamer 552 .227 .318 .437 26 73 7
ZiPS 583 .249 .334 .482 31 98

In a bit of a surprise, ZiPS has the most aggressive forecast for Frazier, having the top mark in every category available. Right now, HBP is not broken out in the ZiPS projection, which is why it is blank here. Meanwhile, Marcel and Steamer pretty much agree on what Frazier will do, outside of power. Steamer is bearish, forecasting a SLG mark 25 points below Marcel. Because of the ZiPS projection, ours seems right at home here.

Check back Wednesday for the next entry in our projection series.

6 comments for “Mets360 2018 projections: Todd Frazier

  1. Steve S.
    February 18, 2018 at 10:51 am

    I think that Joe is closest to my guesses of .340 OBP and .500 SLG. And I don’t care about RBI and BA. No guesses on fielding stats? RF of 2.5?

    • February 18, 2018 at 11:13 am

      We could have gone with fielding as the wild card category. But much like with IFFB, most people would be in agreement. And if we did use fielding, we certainly wouldn’t have used Range Factor. We would have used either UZR or DRS.

      • Steve S.
        February 19, 2018 at 1:23 pm

        Fair enough, Brian. How about a 2018 UZR for him of 5.0?

        • February 19, 2018 at 2:58 pm

          That’s certainly the ballpark of what everyone would predict if that was a category. I’d go a shade higher — 5.5 or so.

  2. Hunter
    February 18, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Conforto,Ces,Bruce,Frazier,not bad,not bad at all.

  3. Eraff
    February 19, 2018 at 7:50 am

    He’s not spectacular, but He’s well rounded and a Pro. He plays every part of the game well. He has almost 1000 MLB games, and He pretty much Hits the same everywhere…it was encouraging that He has not been a Home Field Monster.

    Just mail in that 760-800 Ops…. Good Defense and Baserunning. What You like and what You don’t like is all visible. They signed him for his “Is-Ness”…I like what He Is.

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