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Todd Frazier: Cincinnati Reds Rookie Worthy of the NL Rookie of the Year

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 25:  Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds poses for a portrait during a photo day at Goodyear Ballpark on February 25, 2012 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
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Christopher BenvieCorrespondent IIAugust 19, 2012

Outside of Ohio, if you were to ask any baseball fan whom they think should be awarded the National League Rookie of the Year Award, odds are they'll say Bryce Harper or perhaps Anthony Rizzo.

That's likely because they're not all that familiar with the plethora of great rookies that have come forth during the course of the 2012 season.

For the more educated fans, the names Wade Miley, Matt Carpenter, Yonder Alonso, Wilin Rosario and Todd Frazier will find their names amidst the conversation.

Of the lot of fantastic rookies, Frazier is proving himself to be the most deserving of the National League Rookie of the Year honor.

Across the board he boasts an extremely solid batting line: .289/.343/.551/.894. His batting average is fourth among NL rookies, as is his OBP. However, his SLG and OPS both are topping the leaderboards.

Frazier has managed 88 hits in his 94 games for the Reds this season, which places him seventh among rookies. Only Jordan Pacheco of the Colorado Rockies has more hits in fewer games played with 96 hits in 89 games.

Frazier ranks fifth in doubles with 19, but is tied for first among rookies for first with five triples. Carpenter and Harper both have five as well.

In terms of home run capability, only Rosario has more—19 to Frazier's 17.

When in comes to racking up point, Frazier leads the charge in RBI with 54 while scoring 41 runs of his own. Only Harper has generated more runs (RBI + runs) for his team with 97 to Frazier's 95.

While no rookie, regardless of league, can touch Mike Trout's 7.4 WAR, Frazier leads all NL rookies with a 2.6.

More impressively, he leads all NL rookies in Win Probability, with a 1.81 WPA.

The Sinatra-loving slugger is proving himself to be a fantastic supporting piece to this dominant Reds lineup.

He is tied for third on the team in batting average, third in OPS, third in home runs and fourth in RBI. To say he is important to this Reds playoff push is a major understatement.

As the Chairman of the Board might say, if things were "My Way," Frazier would be a lock for the NL ROY.


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