It was announced last night that RU Alum and former All-American Todd Frazier has been voted the starting third baseman for the National League in the upcoming MLB All-Star game on Tuesday, July 14th. Frazier was trailing Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals as late as last week, but ended up winning with over nine million votes. The 86th All-Star Game will be held in Frazier's home park, the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The Reds held a campaign to push for votes for Frazier to start at home in the mid-summer classic, which led to his come from behind victory.
Frazier is having a tremendous season, batting .285 with 25 home runs, 54 RBI, 54 runs and 8 stolen bases. He is tied with Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals for the NL lead in home runs. He is also tied for the NL lead in doubles with 24, tied for 3rd in runs, 4th in slugging percentage, 5th in OPS and hits, 6th in Wins Above Replacement at 3.8 and 7th in RBI. This will be Frazier's second All-Star appearance after making last year's team as a reserve. He walked in his only at-bat and also finished 2nd in the Home Run Derby.
David DeJesus is the only other RU alum currently in the major leagues and he congratulated Frazier last night.
Congrats @FlavaFraz21. U are representing Rutgers right and deserve this honor!!! Have fun bro— David DeJesus (@David_DeJesus3) July 6, 2015
Here is a great profile on Frazier from USA Today. Congratulations to Todd Frazier and good luck the rest of the season!