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RU Alum Todd Frazier named NL Player of the Week

RU Alum and 2007 All-American Todd Frazier was named the NL Player of the Week for May 25th-31st.  Frazier went 11-22 with four home runs, seven RBI and seven runs in six games.  He led the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 record and a sweep of the National League East leading Washington Nationals.

As I wrote last month, Frazier is off to his best start of his career in his 5th major league season.  In addition to a .287 batting average with 31 RBI and 6 stolen bases, he currently ranks among the National League leaders in the following statistical categories:

  • 2nd in Home Runs with 16
  • 3rd in Slugging Percentage at .629
  • 4th in Runs Scored with 34
  • 4th in WAR at 2.8 (Wins Above Replacement)
  • 5th in OPS at .996 (On-Base Percentage + Slugging Percentage)
Frazier made his first MLB All-Star appearance last season.  He is well on his way to representing the Cincinnati Reds at the Mid-Summer Classic again this season.  Keith Sargeant wrote a great profile on Frazier back in April.

In addition, Frazier's twitter feed is littered with fan praise for all he does off the field for their fan base and community.  Here is a sampling from the last 10 days:

If Frazier continues his stellar play, he has a chance to be the most successful Rutgers baseball alum to have played in the big leagues.  Here is the list of Rutgers baseball alumni that have been the most successful in the major leagues:
  • Former All-American Jeff Torborg played 10 seasons for the LA Dodgers and LA Angels, catching Sandy Koufax's perfect game in 1965 and Nolan Ryan's first No-Hitter in 1973.  He went on to manage the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets and Florida Marlins.  Torborg was the 1990 AL Manager of the year with the White Sox.
  • Eric Young played football and baseball for Rutgers in the late 80's.  He played 15 years in the major leagues and is one of the best players in Colorado Rockies franchise history.  He finished his MLB career with a .283 batting average, 1731 hits and is 46th all-time with 465 stolen bases.
  • David DeJesus played for Rutgers in the late 1990's and is in the middle of his 13th season in the major leagues.  He has a lifetime batting average of .278 and is currently batting .325 in part-time duty with the Tampa Rays.