No official move has been announced yet, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds will call up prospect Todd Frazier in time for tonight’s game.
Frazier, who ranked as one of Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects in 2009 and 2010, has hit .294 with 11 homers and a .949 OPS in 43 games at Triple-A.
He’s played all over the diamond defensively in the minors, but with the Reds struggling to get production from Jonny Gomes and Fred Lewis in left field that seems like his most probable path to playing time for now.
His numbers this season are impressive, but based on his previous track record Frazier projects more as a solid regular than a star. He’s hit .270 with a .343 on-base percentage and .481 slugging percentage in 190 total games at Triple-A, which is good but great production, and Frazier is already 25 years old.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.