Dayn Perry of CBSSportsline.com recently published this piece in which he ranked the top 10 rookie hitters and pitchers. Los Angeles Angels phenom Mike Trout topped the list for the hitters, which was no surprise, but landing in third on the top rookie hitter's list was the Reds' very own Todd Frazier.
Here's what Perry had to say about him:
In addition to seeing time at three different positions, Frazier is hitting .285/.347/.542 in 236 plate appearances. And although the sample size is obscenely small, he's 6 for 10 this season as a pinch-hitter.
Only Trout and Oakland A's CF Yoenis Cespedes ranked higher in Perry's poll, thus making Frazier the top candidate for National League Rookie of the Year honors...at least in Perry's mind. And why not?
The University of Rutgers product leads all NL rookies in slugging (.542), is tied for first in triples (5), and ranks second in average (.285), RBI (33), extra base hits (30) and homers (10). He also ranks third in OBP (.347) and fourth in total bases with 116. Throw in the fact that he's saved a man from choking AND hit a home run with no hands this year and you have a great case for ROY.
On a side note, former Red and current San Diego Padre, Yonder Alonso, ranked ninth on the hitter's list.